Families may have a difficult time processing that their child now has a diagnosis of autism and what that means for their child and their family. The first few weeks and months following an autism evaluation require you and your family to make many decisions regarding treatment and therapy services for your child. These decisions can seem daunting. Remember to be patient and kind with yourself as this is new territory for your whole family. Whatever you might be feeling is okay.
Caregivers often say processing a diagnosis is like a journey, with many bumps and stops along the road. Lean on your family and close friends to listen when you need to talk and know it may take time to adjust. Always remember that your child is still the same child. A diagnosis does not define them.
Once your child receives a diagnosis of ASD, you may need to get them enrolled in different services including:
- Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA)
- Speech Therapy (ST)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- School or academic programs
- Family counseling
- Social skills groups
Take time during your results/feedback session to ask your diagnostic provider about what services he/she recommends for your child. Providers will typically outline several resources they believe would benefit your family at the end of their written report. If you need help finding a specific service provider, don’t hesitate to ask for referral sources!
There are also several books written for families with children with autism that you might consider reading as well.
These websites have extensive information about autism spectrum disorder and evidence-based treatments for ASD.
You can also check out our other MeBe blogs related to ASD to help you while you get enrolled in therapeutic services!
Autism Diagnostic Services at MeBe
MeBe provides autism evaluation & diagnostic services in our three Texas learning center locations in Allen, Round Rock, and Houston. Read more about our diagnostic services or contact us to get your child scheduled for an evaluation today!