The Do’s & Don’ts After an Autism Diagnosis

November 21, 2023

So your child has been diagnosed with autism, now what? 

Embarking on the journey of parenting a child diagnosed with autism can be emotionally overwhelming, filled with uncertainties and questions about the future. 

As a parent, saying the words out loud “my son is autistic” or “my daughter has autism” invokes a range of emotions, from fear to confusion to a deep desire to provide the best support possible.

Understanding the challenges parents face after a diagnosis, it becomes crucial to offer compassionate guidance on what to do and what to avoid during this transformative period.

So let’s explore some of the do’s and don’ts of how to do what to do if you find your child diagnosed with autism. 

The Don’ts

  • Don’t let your child’s diagnosis intimidate you. 

It is natural to feel overwhelmed by the weight of the diagnosis. However, it is essential not to let the fear of the unknown hinder your ability to advocate for and support your child effectively. Seek information, connect with support groups, and empower yourself with knowledge.

  • Don’t get stuck in your head. 

Worrying too much is often counterproductive. While processing the diagnosis is necessary, dwelling on negative thoughts can hinder your ability to actively engage with your child. Seek balance by focusing on the present and exploring positive avenues for growth.

  • Don’t let the autism diagnosis take away from your child’s childhood. 

A child diagnosed with autism is just that–a child. While acknowledging and addressing challenges is important, it is equally crucial not to let the diagnosis overshadow the joys of childhood. Celebrate your child’s unique strengths and interests, fostering an environment where they can explore, learn, and experience the wonders of growing up! 

The Do’s

  • Do seek emotional support or counseling if needed. 

Navigating the emotional landscape of a child diagnosed with autism can be challenging. Seeking professional support or joining parent support groups can provide a safe space to share experiences, gain insights, and find solace in a community that understands.

  • Do get a second opinion. 

Receiving an autism diagnosis can be a complex process, and in some cases, an autism wrong diagnosis may occur. Seeking a second opinion from a different qualified professional can offer clarity and ensure the accuracy of the diagnosis and essential to explore various perspectives and gather comprehensive information before making decisions about your child’s intervention and support plan.

  • Do enroll your child in ABA therapy. 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a highly effective intervention for children with autism. Enrolling your child in ABA therapy can provide structured, evidence-based support that addresses specific behaviors, promotes skill development, and enhances overall quality of life.

At Step Forward we understand the pivotal role ABA therapy plays in the lives of children with autism. Our goal is to help children have a brighter future by offering individualized ABA therapy services in New Mexico and Florida.  

As you embark on this journey, remember that you are not alone, and together, we can pave the way for a fulfilling and transformative experience for your child. Contact us today to connect with our team! 

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