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Taking Care of Yourself While Taking
Care of Others
Trying to take care of yourself while being pulled in many different directions can be exhausting! At the same time, it is so important to pay attention to your physical and emotional health. There is a comparison between parenting and flying on a plane. When a plane is in trouble, parents are instructed to put on their oxygen masks first in order to be able to take care of their children. We must remember that in order to be able to take care of our children, we must first take care of ourselves.
Tip of the Week
As we juggle busy schedules and the demands of distance learning, working from home, and taking care of our children and families here are some ideas to consider for self -care.
  •  Schedule respite- if you are self- isolating with other responsible adults or older children, you can actually work on scheduling time to yourself. Make it intentional by setting aside 15 min., 30 min., (or longer depending on your situation) when someone else has the responsibility for watching your child(ren). Make sure you completely remove yourself from the area. Take a walk outside, go for a ride alone in the car, go to another room in the house away from activities. Even a little bit of time to refuel will go a long way.

  •    Focus on what you have accomplished in a day not on what didn’t get done. You probably do more than you realize. Give yourself credit for all the little things. This can really help your emotional state of mind.

  •       Make a list of attainable projects you want to get done. Completing small projects or goals can boost morale and give you a sense of accomplishment. This might mean finishing a book you started, cleaning out a closet, doing a 10-minute workout, or planting a garden. Check it off your list and give yourself a pat on the back!

  •     If your child does not sleep well at night, alternate who is responsible for attending to him/her. If you know you will get the next night of uninterrupted sleep, it is easier to make it through your “shift”. This purposeful arrangement helps you avoid “discussing” whose turn it is in the middle of the night when everyone is tired and your sleep has already been disrupted.

  •     Join an on-line group where you can reach out to others and share ideas and get emotional support. Try to avoid places where negativity is the prevailing theme. Looking for the silver lining is the key.

  •     As always, give yourself grace for having bad days and hard moments. We all have them. Once they are over, reflect on what could have made them easier to get through. And remember always put your oxygen mask on first!
Let's Celebrate Mothers On Mother's Day!

We want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!   
It's Teacher Appreciation Week!
Let's Remember Our
Wonderful Teachers!
During the first full week of May, schools across the country traditionally celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to honor the hard work and dedication their professional educators demonstrate on a daily basis. This year, although the manner in which we celebrate may look and feel very different, the feelings of love and appreciation are very much the same (if not greater!). A heartfelt thank you to the teachers and educational staff who tirelessly work to make sure our students continue to feel connected and supported during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your expertise, your time, and your generous service to your students, families, and communities!  
Upcoming Training Opportunity
Our training, Finding a Place in the World, scheduled for May 7th in Tulsa has been postponed until late summer or early fall. We will be offering some of the content in a webinar in June. Watch our website for updates at:
Additional Resources
Here are a couple of resources to consider:

As a reminder, if you are needing more information or support we can help point you in a direction of other resources available to help meet your needs or provide technical assistance managing a situation related to your family member with ASD. 

All OAN staff are working remotely due to restrictions in place at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center due to COVID-19.  

The best way to reach us is by email at okautism@ouhsc.edu

  Stay safe and healthy!
The Oklahoma Autism Network Team