Many emotions are involved in finding out your child has autism. There can be shock, upset, isolation, and even relief that your child’s needs are finally being addressed and taken seriously.
Learning how to accept and educate yourself and your family about autism is key so that you can begin finding ways to deal with it as a family. Unfortunately, many families feel isolated and don’t know where to get additional support and information.
Your child’s doctor
Ask as many questions as you need to, as often as you need to. Your doctor should be able to give you the facts about autism but also recommend any further treatment that may be needed and any additional support that is required.
A residential center
If your child has been diagnosed at a slightly later age, then there are residential settings that can help over the short term, which can help your child and family deal with any behavioral issues or concerns. If you’re in Utah, Alpine Academy is one of the leading facilities in the state, you can read Alpine Academy reviews to see if this is the right thing for you.
Your child’s school
The number of school-age children being diagnosed with autism or similar conditions is rising, mainly due to improvements in the understanding of the condition. Some schools have specialist support staff available who you will be able to talk to about any concerns you might have around your child’s education.
Like with many challenges in life, whether they’re emotional, financial or medical, it can really help to find other people who are going through the same things as you are. They are great places to discuss your situation and feel like you’re around people who really understand what you’re going through. Many people not only find support in these groups but also practical advice and tips too. You may even make some lifelong friends.
You can find local groups or there are a number of online groups
There are many charities all over the country dedicated to supporting those with autism and their families. This support comes in a number of forms, from providing additional treatment options, research, respite care, and in some cases, financial support as well. Even if you feel like you’re not at the stage of needing this support yet, it is a good idea to research what’s out there, so that you know your options in the future.
Your health insurance provider
Coverage from health insurance providers can be patchy at best when it comes to autism and other behavioral conditions. However, some do offer a range of complementary treatment coverage which you might find useful. Why not contact your provider or re-read your documents to see if there is anything you might have missed that you’re entitled to.