An autism spectrum diagnosis can be difficult to come to terms with. You may be coping with a condition you know very little about, and trying to find new ways for everyone in the family to live together and feel supported. Many parents and families aren't given any guidance on what to do next. Moving on from ASD diagnosis can seem difficult.
In the event that you have recently learned that your child has or might have autism spectrum disorder, you're most likely wondering and worrying about what comes next. The biggest question you may be asking yourself is “what is ASD and how can I best help my child?”, or you may be confused by conflicting treatment advice. The earlier children with autism spectrum disorder get assistance, the greater their chance of treatment success.
Now you know that your child is on the autism spectrum, you can begin to better understand his/her needs, arrange the right support and help to maximize their potential. As the parent of a child with ASD, the biggest question you’ll want answered is “my child has autism what help can I get?”
The best thing you can do is to begin treatment as early as possible. Early intervention is the most effective way to accelerate your child’s development and minimize the symptoms of ASD over their lifespan.
Educate yourself about the treatment options, clear doubts, and participate in all treatment alternatives. Learn what triggers your child's challenging or problematic behavior and what inspires a positive reaction. What does your child find unpleasant or frightening?
If you know what affects your child, you will be better at finding issues and avoiding or modifying circumstances that cause difficulties. Instead of concentrating on how your child is different from other children and what he/she is “missing,” a big step will be in changing the mindset to see how they can get the most out of life. Enjoy your child’s special quirks, celebrate small successes, and understand that the condition does affect people differently, and therefore comparisons to others with the condition won’t work. Feeling unconditionally loved and accepted will help your child more than anything else.
So if your child is diagnosed with ASD, as scary as it is, know that there is a lot of help available for you and your child.