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Marriage and the Child with Autism

Posted May 08 2010 12:14pm

The effect a child with a disability can have on their parents and their relationship or marriage is an issue which should be addressed more often when discussing  disability issues.

are often complex and illusive. Searching to find the cause of children's developmental problems and the best treatment can be a long hard journey. Getting wrapped up in the stresses and strains of everyday life, relationships inevitably suffer from lack of attention. Communication problems, lack of time and energy for personal, marital, and family activities, and social isolation affect many families. When a disability or chronic illness is discovered, powerful emotions surface and may put relationships on trial. How can couples understand each other in the wake of such devastating pain?

For a relationship that is fragile or unstable disability can be the last straw. On the other hand, challenging life events can serve as catalysts for change. Some families disintegrate while others thrive despite their hardships. People can emerge from crisis revitalized and enriched. Hope for relationships really can spring from the crises people experience when their child has a disability.

The negative effects of having a child with a disability are not surprising. However as noted in the last sentence above many people have also found that working together to find ways to deal with their child's disability ultimately brings them closer in some circumstances.

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