My child is diagnosed with autism: What now?

You finally got that paper in your hand. Your doctor said your child has autism.

There are many many different thoughts going through your mind.

“What is going to happen to him?”
“What am I going to do?”
“My mom is not going to understand it.”
“Is it my fault?”
“What exactly is autism?”
“What do I do?”

Let’s start by understanding what autism is.

Then research on some of the terms you will encounter: ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis), Floortime, Son-Rise, and Pivitol Response Therapy.

If your child is sensitive to light and/or sound, or likes massages, you might have to look into sensory challenges and occupational therapy.

If your child is not talking, or has a hard time expressing himself, you will then hear about speech therapy, PECS, AAC(Augmentative and alternative communication).

In any case, take a deep breath. And remember you are a parent first. Your child is still the same person that needs your care to grow up: Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

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