Hurley handles many such puzzles of being a parent on the autism spectrum with self-awareness and a healthy dose of humor.
But at times, when she has reached out for help she has been misunderstood.
Hurley once mentioned to a new therapist she was seeing that she has Asperger’s syndrome.
The therapist asked if she loved her children—“which wasn’t very helpful,” Hurley says.
Also, an autistic child can be demanding through his or her behavior and cognitive skills.
In order to cope with an autistic child, a grandparent should enroll the child in the right school and also use assistive devices that can help them and the grandchild in many ways.
They are not very independent and need assistance with almost everything in their daily life -- it could be grooming, eating, bathing and/or sleeping.
Unfortunately some grandparents end up with a huge responsibility of bringing up grandchildren who are autistic.
Also, there are several schools for children with special needs that teach children about taking care of their needs and learning several things including reading and writing.“People have these kinds of misconceptions about people with autism, that they don’t feel emotion.”Hurley is not so far out of the ordinary as one might assume: A surprising number of people diagnosed with autism are raising children.An online survey recruited more than 300 mothers with autism, suggesting that there are probably thousands of parents diagnosed with autism worldwide, and perhaps hundreds of thousands or millions without a diagnosis.However, it also depends how much the child is affected by autism.If the child is severely autistic, then in the initial years the child will need a lot of attention and help from the caregiver directly.