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8 year old girl with ASD talking about wanting to die.

Good Morning My beautiful 8 year old daughter (who we shall calls Chops) was diagnosed with ASD level 3 last year. She is high functioning. We also have a 5 year old boy buddy, with ASD 3, who was diagnosed prior to his sister last year. Chops is very emotional and explosive and life at home is hard. She is quite dramatic, outgoing but not great socially. Chops has support teachers in class and hates it. We changed schools a year ago when we moved and she has struggled making friends. This is her schedule Mon afternoon OT Tues afternoon Oosh and then counselling/art therapy via zoom Wed speech therapy- this works on her being literacy skills Thurs oosh then drums Friday tumbling Yesterday afternoon Chops has OT and told her OT that she wanted to die. I feel like such a failure. I am trying to do all to help her but also give her normal activities, ie drums and tumbling (which she loves) I work nearly full time but I am trying to make a whole career change so I can work from home and stop sending her to before school care, this is not an overnight process. We are seeing her behaviour Paed on Friday and we shall get the results of her ADHD testing. So what I am asking is, how do you balance normal therapies and life? Has anyone 8 year old been on anti depression meds? Any suggestions or good supports I will take as I am so unsure how to help her. Thank for reading
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19 days ago

Hi! Don't be dismayed or feeling like failure. Sometimes for us we get clogged with doing so many things, that we feel faitgued and tired. This can effect our emotions. Just remember the schedule we have for our lil ones!! They usually at school then most afternoons at appointments!. Yes, easier then done. Schedule a long weekend of 1 on 1. Get lots of time with her and let her know. You can do these mini trips when things get tuff. A mini break from the norm can do big things. Same as us having a holiday from work. Hopefully this can reassure her and yourself about the amazing work and bond you both have! Plus great idea if trying to get more work from home to cut out the after care.

19 days ago

Sorry to read this. My 10 year old is explosive. I had her diagnosed with pyroluria. It’s got to do with the gut/brain. As she is a picky eater (sensory with foods) it means that she is deficient in zinc and vitamin B6 and id taking supplements for this. We have an assessment in the next week and I know that they will medicate her.

19 days ago

thanks, yes I think there are some definite gut issues. We are trying to participate in a study with QLD about gut and brain link for ASD. I have never heard of pyroluria but I shall look it up. Thank you

19 days ago

This is so sad I’m so sorry. If she doesn’t have one already perhaps talking to a psychologist would be a good start? Or even just talking to someone at beyond blue to get some tips. And just letting her know that she won’t always feel like this and these thoughts will pass. Maybe let her chose a fun activity to do in the weekend and just let her know how much you love her/what exactly you love about her to really try and fill up her cup.

19 days ago

thanks we are staring with a counsellor today. We have been trying to get into a psychologist for 8 months. I have tried to explain that the feeling will pass, I shall try another way. Thank you

19 days ago

Can you explore doing therapies at school? ie having the therapists come in school time so it’s not after school. This way it’s removing some of the extra pressure after school. You’re doing a great job! The juggle is real 🧡

19 days ago

Hi, I have experienced this with my 8 year old daughter as well I will reach out to you your not a failure at all Hugs your way This broke my heart when my daughter told me this so I can relate to how it feels hearing this I will share our journey on how we responded and where we are now Will messsge you later after work 😘

19 days ago

8 year old girl with ASD talking about wanting to die.
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