When your child gets diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a parent you go through a lot of emotions as you begin a new journey to help your loved one on the spectrum find all the resources and supports they need.
Parents start to realize they are going through a type of grieving process while trying to get through everyday life. Part of the process is to start building your support system or “village” to help your loved one on the spectrum reach their full potential. Early intervention is key for a successful future.
Here are 5 steps to take when you get an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.
- Contact your local Autism Society of Indiana Area Support Coordinator. Our Area Support Coordinators live around the state of Indiana and are knowledgeable about the local autism services and resources for your area.
- Start the process of getting your child on the Medicaid Family Support Waiver. The process of getting on the Family Support Waiver does take a lot of patience and persistence but it’s completely worth all the effort in the end when your child is able to get additional services.
- Find an autism support group. This can be a group that meets once a month or find a support group online. You will realize you are not alone and will need additional support and help to get through the journey.
- Look for workshops, training, webinars or finding books about autism. Knowledge is key. There is a lot of information for you to go through and decide what is best for you and your family. It can be helpful to learn about new therapies, alternative interventions and more. Follow this link for ASI events in your area.
- Make sure to take care of yourself. Take the time you need to rejuvenate yourself then you will be ready to take care of your loved ones.