When children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents are often overwhelmed with a variety of emotions. Some of these emotions include grief, denial, anger and confusion. Some parents even experience relief because now the challenge children face has a name: the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Parents always wonder where to go from the point of diagnosis. The following are five top priorities to pursue when children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Find an Autism Spectrum Disorders Doctor That Practices the DAN Protocol
DAN is an acronym that stands for Defeat Autism Now. Doctors that practice the principles in the DAN protocol can put children with Autism Spectrum Disorders on the right track.
Put Children on Autism Spectrum Disorders Waiting Lists
Put your child's name on every state and government waiting list possible. Remember, these waiting lists are for services your child needs and these services cost money. Put your child's name on the list so that he can access services when his turn comes.
Educate Yourself About Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders
To date, the two most studied general therapeutic approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorders include ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) and Floortime Therapy. They are each very different, but good in their own way. Learn both and get some therapists in your home to help your child. Start therapy immediately.
Consider Individual Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Instead of seeing your child's overall behavior as "Autistic," begin to break the behavior down into components. Does he always rub his nose? See an allergist. Does he have reflux? Address this specifically with a physician and a specific medication. Is speech lacking? Get a therapist to work with this issue. You see what is being described. You must be like a detective and examine clues from what the child does. Since at the time of this writing, there is no one single "autism medicine," parents must take note of individual symptoms and address them one by one.
Use Alternative Learning Strategies With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Really take a look at your home environment. Is there any way to make it more educational? Buy some toys that teach skills and have them accessible to the child. Use videos and music. There are catalogs that sell toys and educational supplies specially made for children with autism. www.difflearn.com
Having children with Autism Spectrum Disorders requires a massive amount of learning and trying different things on the part of the parent. Have a vision for your child, educate yourself about the best methods and follow in the footsteps of other families that have gone before you. Don't be afraid to blaze your own trail as well. You are not alone. Also listen to your inner guidance. If something feels wrong, it is. No one knows the child like the parents do. Good luck on this path. I know you can make it.