If you or someone you know receives a diagnosis for their child, student, family member or client you need to tell them early intervention is the best chance they have to get the child the help they need. Be sure to tell them to get over it fast. Do not stay in a state of denial. It will only hurt the child. Most importantly, start addressing the problem and help the child right away so they can have the best shot at life. After all, we only get one shot.
Here are some very important tips to get them started.
Top Ten Things To Know & Do If Autism Strikes Your Family!
2. Qualify Your Doctor. Locate a medical doctor who specializes in autism and has experience treating autism. A referral from another parents or a reputable autism organization works best.
3. Reach Out for Help. Discover and make use of specific government agencies and public services that support the cause, especially in the early intervention arena.
4. Look Into Special Services. Check into related health services such as speech and language, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, physical and behavioral therapy and so forth.
5. Use the Internet. Go to reliable website sources to educate yourselves on programs, services, interventions, therapies and supports.
6. Take Frequent Breaks. Find and use qualified respite for yourselves as caregivers and use it. You will need it.
7. Educate Your Family. Educate relatives, friends, neighbors and your child’s siblings and peers about what autism is and what you and your family are going through. They will be able to accept him or her and understand the challenges more easily which leads to acceptance.
8. Get Involved. Attend conferences for educational information and also the fellowship aspects by meeting with other family members, individuals with autism and other professionals in the field. You may find lifelong alliances there!
9. Get Up to Speed. Stay current with the latest medical, biomedical, behavioral and education services so you can pick and choose what is right for your child and your family.
10. Plan for the Future. Currently autism is a lifelong disorder and until something radically changes, the autism is not going to go away. With proper interventions it improves over time and with the best mindset from the parents, caregivers and people that support the child they can be guided towards a great outcome leading happy, fulfilling lives.
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