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Parents of children with autism: We struggle alone – KansasCity.com

… For families with children with autism spectrum disorders – a range of developmental disabilities that cause social, communication and behavioral problems – each day can be emotionally overwhelming, stress-filled and isolating.

Family and friends shy away. The child’s behavior can leave parents prisoners, trapped at home. If they venture out, passers-by stare, wondering why the child isn’t under control.

“Sometimes, the parents think they’re admitting failure when they ask for help,” said Shanel Tarrant-Simone, the single mother of twin 10-year-old autistic sons. “‘I’m the parent; I should know how to deal with it.’

“But no parent is equipped to do this.”

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