Before you make decisions on your child’s treatment, you will want to gather information about the various options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make a decision on your child’s treatment needs based upon your child’s individual strengths and challenges.
It is common for parents to grieve when they learn that their child has been diagnosed with autism. Anger, frustration and worry are a natural part of the grief cycle. You can expect to grapple with the fear that the success and independence you had dreamed about for your child has taken on a new course. However, it is also important to remember that your child is a gift with talents and skills yet to blossom and evolve.
It is important to treat the symptoms that often accompany autism, such as gastric, metabolic, immunologic and neurologic conditions to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. It is also important to plan for the challenges that autism can bring to the life of an adult, such as employment, recreation, transportation, and housing.
Before diagnosis, parents often feel isolated and lonely, but now have a name to put to their concerns and a reason to explain their child’s differences. We hope that the information provided in our website will help you become better prepared and more confident in meeting the needs of your special child or loved one.