Thursday, January 8, 2009

Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism: What’s Next?

If your child has recently been diagnosed with Autism, you are probably going through an entire range of emotions. You also probably have hundreds of questions floating around in the back of your mind – wondering why your child has to go through this and what you’re supposed to do next. This is a very common reaction and although it will still be a difficult transition, this article will help you know what to expect next and how to deal with it.

Not Believing Its True –

It’s fairly common for parents to have such a difficult time with the diagnosis that they just don’t believe it’s true. Unfortunately, this phase will only prolong the time it takes to get your child started on some type of treatment. If you truly don’t believe that anything is wrong with your child – feel free to have a second opinion. However, once that opinion is confirmed as believing your child is Autistic, it’s important to understand that it’s true. By accepting that your child has Autism and getting in the right frame of mind to cope with it, you will be able to start treatment sooner and also help your child deal with it.

Becoming Angry –

It’s perfectly natural to become angry when you find out that your child is dealing with a condition that a lot of kids don’t have to deal with. You may feel angry at yourself, a higher power or the world – wondering why your child has to be the one to deal with this. While you realize that this is perfectly normal and allow yourself to be angry for a bit – you must also realize that the sooner it’s accepted, the sooner you can deal with it. Talk to other individuals who have gone through the same thing. Find a support network and express your anger in healthy ways.

Sadness –

Another common reaction to finding out that your child is Autistic is feeling sad. You may feel very sorry for your child and sorry that his or her life will forever be changed by this diagnosis. If you are not able to get over this sadness in a reasonable period of time, consider speaking with a counselor or therapist. The most important thing for you to realize is that your child’s life can still be amazing and wonderful – but it’s up to you to create the foundation for that life. Your child needs you, so it’s time to move on and start planning.

Moving On with Your Life –

Once you have finally accepted that your child is Autistic, you’re ready to move on with your life and help your child move on with his or her life. Start researching Autism – what treatments you can rely on, what to expect with your child, whether there are support groups in your area and more. This is the point where you realize that you must be strong for your child and support them rather than feeling sorry for them!

This is also the point when you realize that Autism will not stop your child’s life – and you start looking for answers on how to make it better.

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