For most families, coping with the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder can be a challenging, life changing, even scary experience. You may feel shocked, overwhelmed, and at a loss about what to do next. It’s important to realize that the choices you make now can enhance the quality of your child’s life. While it’s difficult to accurately measure the impact, positive early intervention will enhance your family life, and will give your child opportunities to learn that may not be available if you wait.
Coping with your child’s new diagnosis may be difficult not just for you, but for siblings, extended family, and friends. It is not uncommon to feel angry, confused, or scared. Many parents find it helpful to share their feelings with other parents, which is why Autism Delaware offers activities, meetings and other methods of support for all our members.
A good way to start is to sign up for our on-line support group. Email us and ask to join this email-based discussion group today!
Also, visit Autism Speaks to see their First 100 Days Kit document. Click here to view it online!