Julie is a Speech-language pathologist and owns a private practice in West Plano called Speech TX. She specializes in working with children with autism. She has a wonderful husband, adorable daughter, and an ill-behaved labradoodle, all of whom she loves with all her heart.

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Parenting and percentages

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that parenting is HARD. Try parenting a child with special needs! That simple difference can make ALL the difference in the world. It has long been quoted that there exists an 80% divorce rate amongst parents of children with autism. When I survey the students with whom I have worked, that % is  closer to 60% are still married.

However, a recent study suggests that this long-quoted figure just might not be accurate. You can read more here:


The challenges facing every parent are many, parents of children with special needs have challenges, too, but more. Typically, we think of our parenting days being “over” once our child moves off to higher education, becomes employed, or is in a committed relationship that leads to marriage. For individuals with special needs, these 3 realities may not be experienced the same way as their peers. Therefore, their parents often have to do more future planning, which may lead to increased marital stress.

The important thing to remember is that parenting a child is no small feat, and we must make sure to take time not only for our children, but for our relationships as well.

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  2. Rachael 05/30/2010 at 4:48 am

    oops! I meant more than 20%!

  3. Rachael 05/30/2010 at 4:46 am

    I love that you point out that the figure has got to be lower. I've often heard that statistic as well — my sister had some special needs and my parents stuck it out. I see lots of couples making it (at least I feel like more than 10%!) even though it's hard.