Autism Chat with Experts (a recap)
This is a post in the weekly Autism Hopes series by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, a mom who blogs over at AutismWonderland.
I had prepared myself for Norrin to be diagnosed with autism. Throughout the evaluation process, I was reading and researching. But still hearing it from the doctor was still heartbreaking. It’s not the thing parents expect. But I knew I couldn’t allow myself to be sad for too long. Norrin needed me. (Lisa, AutismWonderland)
Parents can use CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” tools to check their child’s development - http://go.usa.gov/yVm. Every child is different & develops at his/her own pace, but by learning the milestones, parents can recognize if their child has a developmental delay. If you have concerns talk to your child’s doctor. (Dr. Peacock, CDC)
What is the first piece of advice you would give parents after their child is diagnosed with autism?
Build a community of support and gather quality information to inform your child’s treatment. Personally connect with those available to offer YOU support (family, friends, faith community). Share news of the diagnosis and let them support you. Gather information and immediately get your child enrolled in quality treatment. There is a lot of misinformation out there about autism – use quality sources for information gathering. The CDC (www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html), the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (www.asatonline.org/) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) are great places to start learning about quality treatment for your child. (Dr. Wright, Easter Seals)
How do you explain autism on a child’s level?
While the chat made me realize that people are aware of and curious about autism, there is still so much unknown. I was really inspired by many of the questions parents asked me – questions that deserve more than one or two line answers. Over the next few weeks, I plan on answering some questions (in greater detail) about our experiences with potty training, school advocacy and socialization. So please check back here or my Facebook page (AutismWonderland) and look for them.
And if you have a question about autism, that you’d like me to answer – please feel free to leave it in the comment section!Add a Comment
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