When your child gets a diagnosis with autism, you are overwhelmed and clueless. What next?
Talk to your pediatrician – Get the knowledge from the pediatrician as to which areas of development need to be addressed. The doctor may suggest you to the ‘developmental pediatrician’ who will evaluate your child. Based on the evaluation, the therapies will be advised; Occupational therapy, sensory therapy, sensory challenges, feeding therapy, physical therapy, ABA therapy etc.
Early Intervention/school district – If your child is under 3, then contact your county’s regional center for the therapies prescribed. If your child is above 3 then contact your school district for age-appropriate placing and the therapies as well.
Contact your Insurance – Your Insurance company will provide coverage for the autism therapies or treatments your child requires.
At home treatment with love – While you are making calls to pediatrician/insurance etc..chances are you are placed in a long wait list. Right? Don’t panic. There are many things you can do at home with an open mind and a strong WILL power.
I would like to share one important activity that I included when Girish was around 3 yrs old and it had helped tremendously; be a running commentator to your child, which simply means, keep talking to him as much as you can as you are doing any work. For e.g., I am cooking, what would you like to eat?, I am doing laundry, You might be having a lot of fun with that toy etc. Do not expect any response, if you occasionally get it then celebrate and enjoy the moment. I know what you are saying, ‘but my child doesn’t even look at me and he/she is just busy in his/her own world’. Well..don’t underestimate him/her.
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Quite some time back, I came across a blog of an ASD boy who was nonverbal and not responsive at all for a very long time. Remembering his early childhood days he wrote, “My mom will look at me and sometimes use abusive words since I was a lot of work for her and it had hurt me a lot. I was not able to talk but I was able to hear”.
Parents/caregivers remember, they see you, hear you, feel you. Just because he/she is diagnosed with autism doesn’t mean that you stop communicating with him. Help is on the way.
Buckle up, the ride is a little rough but you can do it.
“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer
What did you do while in the waitlist? Please leave a comment below.