ADJUSTING AND COPING UP WITH DIAGNOSIS
In the case of children, if the diagnosis came from a source other than a professional or expert, parents are advised to seek a second opinion since it is a serious matter to consider. Respective school district and paediatrician should also be communicated with, to plan for early intervention services. Parents must also consider enrolling their child to special programs or trusted playgroups to ensure the nurturing of the child amidst the diagnosis. Any research for the purpose of understanding autism should always be carefully done in order to avoid misinformation especially on sources coming from the internet and mere verbal communications. Parents need to consider these following areas as they adjust with their child’s diagnosis:
- the type of educational setting best suited for the child
- most effective therapies for the child
- type of recreation and social experiences good for the child
- planning for the child’s future
Of course, such decisions can be affected by different factors, primarily by the type of diagnosis and the symptoms associated with it. Other than the disorder, your family’s financial condition, lifestyle, and community are also key factors that can affect your decision. Whatever decision you may come up with, it must always revolve around the safety and well-being of your child.
For adults who have just been recently diagnosed with autism, it can be perceived that the diagnosis would most likely be mild and that medications and therapies are not required but only suggested. In facing the disorder headstrong, adults can join trusted support groups or engage in therapy sessions with a professional. Even conducting research to understand the disorder is also a good sign that the person is willing to face the life-long challenges associated with autism.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
There is no easy way to accept a diagnosis of autism and the idea of adjusting and coping up with it may seem terrifying for most people. However, it is during these times that families and friends are all encouraged to join hands to show their utmost love and support for the individual suffering from autism. It may be a tough road ahead, but with the strength that an autistic person gains from loved ones, it will all be worthwhile. There are no challenges that one cannot overcome, not even autism.