For most parents, finding out that a child of theirs has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be a very unclear and difficult time. A parent dealing with the new diagnosis of their child may be completely unaware of the disorder and treatments and resources available to them and their child, and many won't even know where to begin or who to go to for help. When your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder the first thing that you should do is research ASD and begin to seek help from early intervention providers.
Researching Autism Spectrum Disorder
Many parents feel alone and helpless when learning of their child's diagnosis and may be unsure of where and from whom to seek help, which is why researching the disorder is important. Researching Autism Spectrum Disorder is important when finding out that your child is diagnosed with autism, as doing so will help you to better understand what Autism Spectrum Disorder is and how you can help your child. You may have many questions about the causes, effects, and treatments of the disorder. Researching ASD will help you with those questions and uncertainties as it will expose you to the many different resources and treatments that are available to you and your family. While it is very important that you learn as much as you can about the disorder, it is also important for you to keep in mind that not everything you come across while researching is accurate. Always be sure to double and triple check your sources.
After your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is best that you seek out professional help from early intervention providers. Early Intervention has been proven to be key in treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, as research shows it to have a dramatic impact on the overall development of a child, and improves long-term outcomes. Early intervention can help your child to have greater chances of living independently and developing communication and social skills, which are all important. When deciding which treatment programs/interventions are best fit for your child, it is best to get started as soon as possible. The earlier the intervention, the better.
You are not Alone
When your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder it is also important for you to remember that you are not alone. In the United States it is estimated that every 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are many other families that are, too, dealing with the news of diagnosis, as it is becoming more common, and knowing that you are not alone can help you to cope with any stress or concerns that comes with the news of diagnosis.
We Can Help
If you would like more information about the services offered at BCOTB, please contact us at (813) 814-2000. We offer complimentary meet and greets for you to tour our facility, explain your concerns regarding your child, and ask any questions you may have to help determine if BCOTB is the right fit for your child.