Posted by teacherjulie @ 4:38 pm

I have read an article by BBC about “Autism Parents ‘Infection Risk’” and I was a surprised to read that parents who have children with developmental problems like autism and Down’s Syndrome would have their immune system affected.

This result was shown when 60 parents received pneumococcal vaccines, where half of these parents have children with developmental problems.

When blood tests were done, it was found out that these parents with children having developmental disabilities had lower levels of antibodies than the others.

This comes to mind parents who even had their relationship ended due to the stress brought about by caring for their children. One of the major issues too, in having a child or children with developmental disabilities would be the finances. Why?

Here in the Philippines, the different intervention programs aimed to help children with developmental disabilities are expensive. Most children undergo therapies with private clinics, attend private schools catering to their needs and enroll in different enrichment programs aimed to help improve developmental areas where they lack the skills. These are mostly shouldered by the parents and are by no means in expensive.

So how should these parents be helped?

Support groups. Counseling. These are two supports that can help them for a long time.

Of course, ice breakers and joyous moments, however fleeting, would help them cope for a bit, smile or let out a hearty laughter. These would probably happen when they see their children do things that they usually have difficulty doing. Maybe the appropriate way that their children respond to situations that used to trigger a tantrum.

On an even lighter side, watching a feel good movie, seeing funny tee shirts, eating home-cooked hot meals or seeping a warm cup of of tea would help them de-stress for the moment.

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20 Jul, 2008 @ 11:10 pm
annamanila said:

The more stressed out one is, the more problematic — the lower the immune level? Double whammy naman for them. 🙁

21 Jul, 2008 @ 7:15 am
julie said:

It is a double whammy for them, really. I think one of the causes is lack of sleep plus the stress is one of those that really makes a person sick.

They cope differently. One mother I knew gained weight. Several worked even harder to be able to finance the expenses.

21 Jul, 2008 @ 4:38 pm
Kittymama said:

Teacher Julie, speaking as a mother of a young man with autism, I agree that stress is a major factor in our lives. And that is why I value the frienships that I have- they do keep me sane and feeling a little bit healthier. Friends like you do make a difference. 🙂

28 Jul, 2008 @ 1:47 am
julie said:

KittyMama, you do deserve more with the sacrifices or acts of love you do being a mother.

You certainly do not deserve any more stress than you can handle by being sick. Here is a virtual hug to you 🙂

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