I’m struggling to cope with home-schooling my autistic child alone during lockdown – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM trying my best to keep our two children happy, occupied and up to date with their schoolwork during the coronavirus lockdown.

But I sometimes feel it is just too much. I want to curl up in a corner and cry.

My husband is a delivery driver and out at work from 6am to 5pm five days a week.

We are in our early thirties with a son aged nine and a daughter who’s five.

Our son has autism and is used to having a routine.

He is very out-of-sorts with it all.

I often find it hard just to get up in the morning to get the kids sorted.

I feel so alone and don’t know what to do.

I had a breakdown three years ago and worry I’m heading that way again.

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DEIDRE SAYS: The lockdown is horribly hard on families with children with special needs.

I imagine your husband comes home feeling he’s had a hard day.

But he must understand how tough this is on you.

Ask him to take over for a couple of hours when he gets in, giving you essential time to breathe.

You can find support and specialist advice through the National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk).

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