Newly Diagnosed

Receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child can be a challenging and emotional experience. However, it is important to remember that with early intervention and appropriate support, children with autism can make significant progress and reach their full potential. Here are some suggested next steps for you to consider once your child has been diagnosed with autism:

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Understanding Your Child’s Diagnosis

Obtain a thorough understanding of your child's diagnosis: Ask your child's diagnostic team any questions you may have about your child's diagnosis, and ask them to explain the results of the evaluation in detail. This can help you to better understand your child's needs and develop a plan for treatment and support.

Seeking Out Early Intervention

Seek out early intervention services: Research shows that early intervention is key to helping children with autism reach their full potential. Seek out early intervention services, such as ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other resources to support your child's development and progress.

Connecting with Support Groups

Connect with local support groups for parents of children with autism. These groups can provide you with emotional support, practical advice, and connections to resources in your community.

Advocating for Your Child

Become an advocate for your child's needs and rights. This may involve working with your child's school or other service providers to ensure that your child's needs are met and that they receive appropriate accommodations and support.

Taking Care of Yourself

Caring for a child with autism can be stressful and demanding. Take care of yourself by seeking support from family and friends, practicing self-care, and taking breaks when needed.

Staying Informed

Stay up-to-date on the latest research, resources, and support available for children with autism and their families. This can help you to make informed decisions and access the best care and support for your child.
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Remember, receiving a diagnosis of autism is just the beginning of a journey, and with the right support and resources, your child can thrive and reach their full potential.