The shock of a mother finding out her child has autism is life-changing for most. But a new study shows moms can fare well emotionally and still have a strong bond with their child.
Christina Adams says when her son Jonah's diagnosis was confirmed around the time of his third birthday, her life changed forever. In an instant she was transformed from the mother of a bright but somewhat "different" little boy into the mother of a child with autism.
"It is a terrifying, horrific time when you realize that your life is never going to be the same again," she tells WebMD. "But it is also a watershed moment when your love for your child becomes more than you ever dreamed it could be."
New research into the coping skills of mothers of autistic children confirms that they are more likely to report "poor or fair" emotional health and mental health than other moms. But they are also more likely to show "remarkable strengths," the study's lead researcher tells WebMD.
The findings come from a nationally representative survey of almost 62,000 mothers of school-aged children, including 364 mothers of children with autism, and reported in the journal Pediatrics.
This from WebMD.