Before you make decisions on your child’s treatment, you will want to gather information about
the various options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make
a decision on your child’s treatment needs based upon your child’s individual strengths and
It is common for parents to grieve when they learn that their child has been diagnosed with
autism. Anger, frustration and worry are a natural part of the grief cycle. You can expect to
grapple with the fear that the success and independence you had dreamed about for your child
has taken on a new course. However, it is also important to remember that your child is a gift
with talents and skills yet to blossom and evolve.
It is important to treat the symptoms that often accompany autism, such as gastric, metabolic,
immunologic and neurologic conditions to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. It
is also important to plan for the challenges that autism can bring to the life of an adult, such as
employment, recreation, transportation, and housing.
Before diagnosis, parents often feel isolated and lonely, but now have a name to put to their
concerns and a reason to explain their child’s differences. We hope that the information provided
in our website will help you become better prepared and more confident in meeting the needs of
your special child or loved one.