Finding out that your child has autism can be devastating for any parent. Though it is hard to cope with the situation, you need to be strong as you will be your child’s biggest support throughout his/her life. Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders can show signs starting from the age of 3 years. Once detected with autism, it can impact a child’s physical, social and emotional states as well their relationships and other developmental milestones.
When your child is detected with autism, you need to take a lot of precautions and extra care while dealing with your child. Apart from medical intervention and other therapies, you need to be prepared yourself so that you can deal with any situation and consequence.
Learn As Much As You Can About Autism:
Read about autism, its implications and different real life examples. Collect information about how people with autism have overcome the conditions and how you can help your child do the same. Educate your family about the same, so that they know what are they dealing with.
Seek Help From Support Groups:
Connect with the right people, who can help in this regard. Join groups with similar people or parents, where you will get motivational strength, share your experiences and learn from others. They are a big support when you are dealing with something specific like this.
Take Care Of Your Child:
Know your child well when you are dealing with autism. Understand when the symptoms are strong and what you need to do to calm your child. Know what dietary and lifestyle changes are needed for your child. Be prepared and always on alert to the needs of your child. Most importantly, your child needs YOU to be with them. So, talk to them, keep them happy and behave normally with them, so that it helps them integrate with mainstream society as easily as possible.
Look For Proper Medical Intervention:
Autism is not just a physical condition, but a mental complication as well. So, proper counseling and therapies are also important along with medical care. So, look for the right doctors and experts in town and try to provide the best treatment for your child.
Beware Of Wrong Advice:
In difficult times, a lot of people will offer advice, sincere, but very misleading at times. It is highly likely that such well-meaning people don’t know what they are talking about. Steer clear from such help and be cautious of those looking to take advantage of your vulnerable state.
Despite being well into the 21st century, we are still battling misconceptions and prejudices when it comes to sensitive issues like autism. They might ignore you and your child or make them feel that there is something wrong with them. But, you need to re-assure your child that they are ‘special’ and there is nothing wrong with them and they are as much a part of the society as others.