Especially for Parents New to Autism
For Parents New to Autism
When you're child is diagnosed with autism, you're suddenly thrown into a whole new world. You may feel isolated, scared, or overwhelmed. This note from a mom -- and the resources provided -- may help you to feel more comfortable in your new role as the parent of a child on the autism spectrum.
Tips for Parents New to Autism
Now that you know your child is autistic, you may be feeling isolated, scared, or just plain baffled. If so, you're not alone - and other parents have "been there and done that." Here are just a few hints and tips for managing these first few weeks and months, from parent readers of the Autism.About.Com site.
What to Do After the Autism Spectrum Diagnosis
An autism spectrum diagnosis can be devastating. Here's a step-by-step guide to helping your child and yourself.
What NOT to Do When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Autism
When your child is diagnosed with autism, you may feel you need to learn everything, do everything, and pay for everything - right now. But before you plunge in, take a moment to read this article!
What NOT To Expect When Your Child is Diagnosed With Autism
Doctors can diagnose autism spectrum disorder fairly quickly. But what can you expect beyond a simple diagnosis? Here's what NOT to expect from most healthcare providers.
What If...? Getting Past Blame and Worry to Help Your Autistic Child
Nothing is more debilitating for the parent of a child with autism than self-blame and worry. "What ifs" can can damage marriages, overwhelm emotions, and -- in the long run -- sour your relationship with your child. Here are some thoughts on how to get over the what ifs.
Before You Drive Yourself Crazy Over an Autism Diagnosis
Before you drive yourself crazy over child's autism diagnosis, take a deep breath. Then read this article. You're probably doing most things right already - and there's nothing that you can't try tomorrow.
Is It Possible to Do Too Much Research About Autism?
A reader wonders whether his wife has become too obsessed with researching autism treatments for their son. Drs. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel, family psychologists with a focus on special needs, offer their advice and insights.
Autism Diagnosis - What Should Doctors Provide After an Autism Diagnosis?
Your doctor has just told you that your wonderful, beautiful child has an autism spectrum diagnosis. You walk out of the consulting room. What should your doctor or his/her staff give you, tell you or explain to you BEFORE you leave the office?