What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well, by Heather Plett. While this article actually has nothing to do with autism, the definition of holding space (being willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome; When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control) is something we all need, and can give.
MyTime groups – free support groups for parents of a child with a disability. They also have play helpers to engage with the children while the carers chat. Each group is different – some are quite social, others enjoy hearing from speakers etc – so it is worth checking out a few to find your best fit.
FSG (Qld) provides wonderful support to carers in several different ways – especially their Connections groups. Call them. Just do it.
Autism Discussion Page – A public Facebook group (you don’t need a Facebook login to read it) by Bill Nason. HEAPS of info, discussions and slides (go to Photos then Albums).