Being a single mother can have its challenges no matter what your children’s needs are. When you are raising an autistic child on your own, the unique needs can be a little more overwhelming. Many childcare providers won’t know how to meet the needs of your child, and you may have to work extra hours to help cover medical costs and special school. Here are a few hints that may help free up some of your finances or time to best care for your autistic child.
Grants for Single Mothers
A grant is a financial form of assistance given to individuals who need it, by the government, other organizations, trusts, foundations, and businesses, to name a few. Unlike a loan, grants are freely given — you don’t have to pay them back. Individuals who are eligible for grants typically have to apply for them, and a board of directors decides who is most eligible to receive them. Grants for single moms are more prevalent than many single mothers realize. Grants can be difficult to get, but if you have a particularly challenging situation, doors may open for you. It can take some persistence, but being awarded a grant can dramatically improve your quality of life and the quality of life of your children.
The average person may not have the skills needed to care for a child with autism, which can make childcare challenging to find if you have a full or part-time job. Some even struggle to secure the help of family members who may be inexperienced at caring for a child with a disability. Many single moms with autistic children have found some help by getting involved with local autism support groups. If you can’t afford special care, you can network with other moms who may be in a similar situation and willing to share and trade babysitting. Since these parents already have children in a similar situation, they will be skilled in knowing how to best care for your child while you are at work.
Workplaces are discovering the value of offering their employees flexible hours. Giving employees options of when to work helps increase employee retention. Seek a job with flexible hours, so you’re able to work when you can find childcare, and spend time with your children when they most need you.