When you are told your child has been diagnosed with autism you may be in total shock and wondering why this had to happen to you and your child. One of the most important things you can do is to realize that you need to begin now to seek information and assistance. You are your child’s best advocate, therefore, you must learn everything you can about autism.
To start on the path to becoming an expert, begin by researching the disorder to determine exactly what can be done to treat or reverse the symptoms. The pediatricians and psychiatrists are not experts on autism, which can lead to improper diagnoses or incorrect treatment options.
You are definitely not alone in your struggle and it will be helpful to seek others that have a similar situation to enable you to work through your emotional struggle. The National Autism Society of America can help you find local branches which will offer support from other parents and families with an autistic child.
Many agree that joining a support group is helpful and that sharing with others in a similar situation can help you feel less alone, and can provide you some resource ideas such as the best doctors, intervention programs, workshops, and other professionals, for your child and the entire family.
A good resource is the Parents of Autistic Children (POAC), a non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with autism. Their training and outreach services are provided completely free of charge. Their main focus is on how to help the autistic achieve their highest potential at home, in school and in the community. Other parents in autistic support groups may provide you with information regarding the best books and research materials to help you educate yourself with the most beneficial information and services for your child.
The Autism Society of America (ASA), provides a huge online database that allows you to search nation wide for support and services available in any geographical area.
You must create a supportive environment for the entire family to properly manage your child’s disorder. Be careful about giving all your attention to the autistic child to the point that other family members feel neglected or unloved. It is important to remember that your spouse and other children in the home may also experience some stress regarding the care of the autistic child.
The entire family will need to offer support and understanding and be willing to help with the care of the autistic family member.
Sources: POAC.net, autism source.org