What should I do if my child was just diagnosed with autism?

i just found out that my 3 year old son as autism like 3weeks ago. i just need some advise on how do this. and how i should handle this situation.


Asked by momof3kids142 at 12:45 PM on Nov. 19, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I dont have any advice but I just wanted to give you a hug

    Answer by hotrodlassie at 12:48 PM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Dito sweetie.....HUGS x 2

    Answer by happy2bme7 at 12:51 PM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Go Buy Jenny McCarthy's Book. She is Amazing what she has done with autism

    Answer by Ferncheryl at 12:54 PM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Did you go to a developmental doctor..My daughter has PDD (another form of autism) my doctors is great. She told me what to do and where to go. I also searched the internet for answers. I think talking to moms that have the same thing in common will help. There is an autism group that you can join.

    Answer by Dannee at 1:03 PM on Nov. 19, 2008

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  • Check into this website ... and remember to just breathe and take things day by day. www.generationrescue.org/

    Answer by midnightmoet at 12:12 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • welcome to the community. My son is now 6 and was diagnosed at the age of 3. You will go through a rollercoaster of emotions. This will be normal. There is a type of grief period that you mourn for the child you thaught you were going to have. Its ok. This will make you strong. Research everything out there and educate yourself. Get your child into early intervention. Find support here at cafemom in the autism support groups. come to my page and talk if you need to. Go to autism blogs and autism you tube. You will find you are not alone. Educate your family members as well. We need all the support we can get. big hugs!

    Answer by leeleesboys at 1:54 PM on Nov. 30, 2008

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  • allow your self to grieve and also get your child started with early intervention programs......get some good books to read on the subject, not Jenny's books...cause unless you have her money and resources you are not going to get her results and I remember reading a while back that her child had been misdiagnosed and was not even autistic...anyways rant rant rant......
    take it one day at a time...your child will make progress.
    my daughter was dx at 5 1/2 and does really well at her school and will actually be mainstreaming most of her classes next year(whoo hoo 5th grade)
    also find some local support groups/maybe autism playgroups.
    also try to find some me time for yourself...it can be difficult but it helps you stay focused and recharge your batteries so to speak.....

    Answer by michaux at 8:20 AM on May. 25, 2009

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  • It's very scary getting a dx of autism. My DD was just dx'ed 2 1/2 weeks ago. There are a lot of things you can start doing in your home but you will def. need to get him into therapy if he is not already. there is a lot of hope, support and help nowadays for Autistic children. If you ever need to talk - I am here. It's important to have support :)

    Answer by brknangel at 2:40 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

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