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177. From Anxious to Assured; The Q & A Maze

podcast Mar 28, 2024

In this episode of the Not Your Average Autism Mom Podcast, your host, Shannon Urquiola is talking about the complex world of repeated questioning in our autistic children.

As parents, we know firsthand the exhaustion and frustration that can come with hearing the same question over and over again. But why do our children engage in this behavior, and how can we lessen its impact on both them and you?

Shannon explores the various reasons behind repeated questioning, from seeking reassurance to managing anticipatory anxiety or simply craving attention. Understanding the underlying motives is crucial in developing effective strategies to address this behavior.

She discusses how repeated questioning impacts your emotional well-being and the importance of validating your child's attempt to communicate. 

The heart of this episode lies in practical strategies. I'll guide you through techniques that reduce questioning and build communication. Shannon talks about the power of reciprocal interaction, providing answers that go beyond a simple 'yes' or 'no,' and expanding on topics to redirect your child's attention.

Moreover, we discuss the emotional toll repeated questioning can take on parents and offer self-care strategies to maintain our well-being amidst the challenges. By fostering open communication, setting realistic expectations, and prioritizing our own needs, we can navigate this journey with resilience and compassion.

Tune in as we embark on a journey to transform frustration into connection, one question at a time.


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