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Autism - Support Across the Spectrum Autism - Support Across the Spectrum

Getting the dx today.

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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Well today we were given the offical dx of our son that he is on the autism spectrum disorder. I knew in my gut that this was it but i still feel so upset. I know I have to be strong and get thru this but does anyone have any pointers?

by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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dawncs
by Dawn on Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

There is help for him out there through the school for free, and all you need to do is request an evaluation for Special Educaton services (http://www.wrightslaw.com/) in writing. It helps joining a local support group through your local Autism Society (http://www.autism-society.org/) and Easter Seals (http://www.easterseals.org/) for resources and support. Some local YMCAs have a special needs program. TheARC (http://www.thearc.org/) has great serivices and programs. He can do sports through Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org/).

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TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

It's normal to feel upset at first. Some people even go through the stages of grief after a diagnosis. Don't feel like a bad mom for feeling different emotions. Let them come through and deal with them. At the same time, don't slip into your emotions to where you don't function. It will take time, but you can do it. See if you can find a local support group or get involved with your local autism society. It really helped our family when we started going to the support group through our school district. We are also involved with the state's autism society. 

rubycatcher
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I am sorry about all the stress you are going through.  I suggest what helps me and that is to research and read other parent's experiences.  That is a good way to hear about different therapies and to feel that your are not alone in all this.  Surround yourself with a good team of people to help you, if possible.  And remember that there are a lot of people who are going through this and are there to support you.

lucasmadre
by Kari on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I was just where you are a few months ago, please don't despair. Your son is exactly the same little boy he was before the dx except now you have more information and tools to help him. There are so many things you and the school can do to help so that he reaches his full potential. I know it is hard, I had to go through a grieving process. I was sad for him, I was sad for me. I hate that things have to be harder for him but in the end life is hard in some way for everyone. I don't know how old your boy is so I can't give you specific advice but do a LITTLE reading and get some advice from your doctor, from the head of your special ed department at school and spend some time with him showing him how much you love him. It will all work out...xo

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