When a child is diagnosed with autism, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. But there are many resources available to help children and their families cope with the disorder.
The first step is to learn as much as you can about autism. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to help your child cope. Parents of children with autism may join support groups to share experiences, concerns, and resources. Support groups can be an important source of information and encouragement for parents of children with autism. These groups often meet in libraries or other community facilities.
Some communities also have health fairs that offer free screenings to check whether early signs of autism are present. If you think your child may have autism, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible.
There are many educational programs and therapies available to help children with autism. Some children attend special schools that focus on educating children with autism. Others receive therapy in their homes or at a clinic. Some programs help parents become better teachers for their children.
For more information on autism, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org or the Interactive Autism Network at www.ianproject.org or here at Great Strides Behavioral Consulting we have staff that can help guide you. You also can contact your child’s doctor or school to find out what resources are available in your community.