I've been searching for days for a support group chat room online for parents with children on the autism spectrum (my son is an aspie). He is going to be 14 in December and he has changed so much from the kid he used to be! I know all children change as teenagers, but it seems to me that the Asperger's have gotten better in some areas, yet worse in others. I scheduled a chat for tomorrow. I meant to put 8 pm but for some reason it now says 4pm, and I know a lot of parents are at work at that time. I'm still going to try however, even if one person can come I'd really appreciate it. I just feel so lost and confused. I don't know anyone who has a child on the spectrum, and I don't seem to get much help from doctors, psychiatrists, or his child study team/I.E.P. I feel like I'm flying a plane and don't know how to use or read the switches on the control panel when it comes to parenting my son. I'm the most loving, attentive mother I can possibly be. But now that he wants more independence and basically gets pissed off every time I walk in the room, I really have no idea what to do at this point.... plus the stress is so overwhelming that sometimes I feel like I might literally "crack". I really need someone to talk to...
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pamelah8402How do i join the chat site? I'm new to this and I don't really know how this works. So far all I've really seen is blogs and I've responded to them.
I think she means go to the chat room. I know you've already figured out how to do that, from your other posts, but in case anyone else here has not been to the chat room yet:
There is always someone in there called "mep," who doesn't like to leave the room empty, but is also usually away from his PC, so if you need to get his attention, click on his name in the box to the right of the chat screen, then choose the option "Whisper" before you type, as that will play an alert sound that he is usually able to respond to within a few minutes. Basically the longer you wait in the chat room, the more likely it is to fill with people, if you manage to greet them as soon as they come in and they stay for a while, chatting.
If you plan to be researching online for a good while anyway, I recommend opening this http://chat.autismsupportnetwork.com:8080/?0,0,2,0,0 in another window or browser tab, and turning on all the sound notifications in the settings, so that you'll be alerted if someone comes in the room or says anything in the chat screen. To do this:
But I know that as parents, your time to wait around in the chat room is limited, so if you're interested in a group chat for parents of children on the spectrum, please go to http://community.autismsupportnetwork.com/coping--daily-challenges/f/18/p/116/70753#70753 and add your time zone + what days and times you are available, so we can organize a chat event.