Dating special needs child

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Watching your adult child get ready to start dating is an emotional experience for any parent, but for parents of children with special needs, it can be much more stressful.

If your teen or young adult has autism, Down’s syndrome, or any other developmental disability, the idea of your child dating has probably caused at least a few sleepless nights.

If it weren’t for his son I would continue the relationship and see where it leads.

But I am having a lot of anxiety about the possibility of committing to him and his child long term.

If you were getting attached to someone and they had something big like that hidden away, wouldn't that make you distrust them a bit? But the fact is, for some men, dating a woman with a disabled kid that might be living with her through his adulthood would be a deal-breaker.

Hannah Brown, author of "If I Could Tell You" (a book about raising children with autism) talks about how different it is being a single woman with a special needs kid in her article "Divorce After Autism: Going It Alone." Like Hannah, I'm sure there are plenty of custodial autism Dads out there. I have met and do know a large amount of single autism moms, though, and we all face unique challenges when we try to date.

The man is great…consistent in how he treats me, loving, kind, and generous.

Luckily, a special needs dating website like Special Bridge is designed to help your child find people with similar disabilities and life experiences.

While searching for a potential match, you can look for people with the same type of developmental disorders and ability levels to help improve the odds of finding a successful match.

Once he's met him, the word won't be so scary."She's right.

Nobody could meet David and find him frightening in any way. After all, he's David first and foremost, and he just happens to have autism. Then again, is that fair to the guys I might eventually date? Plus, if he's gotten to know me well enough to be introduced to my kids, he'll probably know about my blogs or at least have friended me on Facebook by then.

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