We asked our Facebook friends: If you could give one piece of advice to any parent whose child has just been diagnosed with autism, what would it be?
Here’s their advice.
“Always try and see ‘odd’ behaviour from their point of view. Most actions make sense then.”
“Make contact with other parents/families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children, there is so much you can learn and find hope in and they understand what you're dealing with and always have great advice.”
“Don't panic, seek support from those around you and do the best you can with what you have not all resources for children with autism have to cost the earth.”
“Acceptance. We avoid Labels when really our children are Awesome. They see the world unlike any other. They hear things we can not hear or smell things like we can not. To know no matter what you are your child’s #1 resource. To be at your child’s level and break into their world. And never give up. It is tough but it will be rewarding there are always things in life we can learn from and our children can teach us new things daily. My son taught me about the world when I thought I would have taught him.”
“Educate yourself, there are different levels of autism. Educate your family especially those who are old school and see the behaviour as naughty. Also don't do it alone, accept help and support, even we need a break sometimes. :)”
“Remember that it is your child FIRST, they’re not a label. Research and read a lot and with an open mind, not accepting anything as gospel truth just because it might come from a parent or expert. Every child is different, every child responds to different treatment options in different ways. And... know that it will be OK. Don't miss out on what is by obsessing over what ‘should be.’ You’ll both be happier if you just love your child for who they are.”
“Remember your child is still the same person he/she was before the diagnosis. Also, learn to accept their limitations and learn to like what they derive pleasure from. They may never join in a team game, like football. They may never play a board game like Monopoly properly. They may not sit still long enough to enjoy a movie with you. But they may love riding on trains all day. They may love jumping on a bouncy castle or trampoline. They may love being outdoors in all weathers.”
“Remember every child is unique and find out what helps your child the best. Take it easy on yourself. It is okay to go through a process of emotions.”
“Educate yourself on Autism!”
“If someone isn’t on the same page as you, then it’s time to find someone who knows how to read.”
Thanks for reading,
Special thanks to our Facebook friends for sharing their advice. Have some advice you’d like to share? Please leave it as a comment.