Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be scary. What is the first thing you do when you get home from the doctor’s office after receiving the diagnosis autism? You either freak out, and have a huge emotional meltdown, then go to the computer and research online “autism.” Or, you hold all of your emotions inside, and go straight to the computer.
If you have a family member that has a child with a diagnosis autism, you may call that person. Same goes for a friend. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a relationship with someone raising an autistic child when our child is diagnosed. When my son was diagnosed, I was expecting it. Still, I had an emotional meltdown. I had held onto a hope that I was wrong. Once I heard the words from the developmental pediatrician, that my son was on the spectrum, that hope was gone.
I didn’t know what to expect. I had done a little bit of research on autism, but what I found out scared me. Because of that, I stopped my research. Once I had the confirmation of a diagnosis autism, I had to be strong and learn everything I could about autism and what I could do to help my son.
After You Have Received a Diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder
Researching autism online is scary. It can also be very confusing. You are given medical definitions, filled with terms that you don’t understand. You search for treatments, and are bombarded with all kinds of choices. Each one claims to be the best thing for an autistic child. Some claim to be able to cure your child.
The problem is, they don’t all work for each child. So, how do you decide on what to do? That’s not an easy question to answer. I’ve tried the GFCF diet, nutritional supplements, therapy, and more. The GFCF diet didn’t help my son, but has helped other autistic children. The supplements helped my son’s health, but not the autism. Before I put him on supplements, he was always getting sick. His environmental allergies were horrible. He caught every cold. Now, his immune system is stronger. He gets a couple colds a year, rarely has to take antibiotics. (He used to always be on an antibiotic for one thing or another) Therapy is still ongoing. He receives OT and Speech Therapy.
I strongly recommend OT and Speech Therapy for autistic children. I also have done a lot of research on ABA, and it seems to have a lot of success. I have been trying to get it for my son, but our insurance won’t cover it. I recommend consulting with your child’s doctor on nutritional supplements. My son’s doctor was very supportive of using them. I didn’t make him take a ton of pills. We came up with a few must haves, Cod Liver Oil, Multi-vitamin(one without copper because my son has issues processing copper), and a probiotic.
I also feel that one of the best places to get information about autism is from parents of an autistic child. There are a lot of autism blogs and online support forums. You can also connect with local families raising an autistic child through family support networks in your area.
A mother is going to tell you like it is. A big help for me, in the early years, was connecting with moms of older autistic children. They had been through most of what I was going through, and were able to offer advice via practical experience. Doctors are great for medical information, but, unless they are raising an autistic child, your doctor isn’t going to be able to offer you advice on how to keep your child warm at night when he refuses to cover up with a blanket. Or how to make it through a shopping trip at the store without a meltdown.
Final Thoughts on Diagnosis Autism
There is one final bit of advice I would like to offer about getting information online about autism. Make a list of concerns that you believe need to be addressed with your child. Pick the top two concerns and do your web searches on them. If you try to gather information on everything at one time, you are going to put yourself into overload, and that could lead to you shutting down completely. Helping your child with not be accomplished overnight. You need to pace yourself. Be prepared for a long road to travel. And, please, while you and your child are traveling this road, remember to give each other the opportunities to be parent and child.