It can be difficult when your child gets an autism diagnosis. It is normal to have a conflict of feelings – relief at the clarity and direction the diagnosis gives you, mourning over the loss of the dreams of typical development you may have had for your child, denial that the diagnostician really understood your child, and of course, confusion over what to do next.
First of all, there are a few things that are so important to keep in mind when initially dealing with the diagnosis and to continue to remember as you raise your child.
Your child’s diagnosis and conditions are not your fault. There is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of at having a child that is not exactly like every other kid his age. In fact, there are no kids that are exactly like every other kid their age!
Don’t let the diagnosis of autism take over who your child is. Your child is not just someone with autism. He is still your child with his unique personality, interests and strengths. Recognize him and celebrate him always!
And of course, remember that autism is not a death sentence. There is so much that you can do to help a child with autism, and research is constantly enhancing and augmenting the interventions available. Reach out to see how you can help your child and dare to dream of her successes even when you may be facing regressions and challenges.
Don’t forget yourself either. Find support through a support group or from friends with children on the spectrum. Share your successes and challenges.
For information on how Attentive Behavior Care can help your child, please contact us today.