An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be intimidating. The amount of information and advice is overwhelming, but there’s no reason to be frightened as you find a treatment plan that suits your child. Here are some things to keep in mind as you research ASD:

stay present & accept the diagnosis

Enjoy your kid’s special quirks, celebrate small successes, and stop comparing your child to others. Feeling unconditionally loved and accepted will help your child more than anything else. Don’t become so fearful of the future that you forget to be an attentive parent in the now.

Take time for you

It takes time to learn how to help your child and family cope with day-to-day life. You have the right to feel discouraged or frustrated, and you’ll need time to process those feelings. Try to get time on your own to relax, even if it’s just a short walk or 15 minutes to read or listen to music. Don’t feel guilty about doing this. Everyone deserves time out to recharge the batteries.

allow time to gather information

The more you know about autism spectrum disorder, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions for your child. Educate yourself about the treatment options, ask questions, and talk to parents with autistic children. Become informed not only on ASD, but also how the disorder specifically affects your child.

seek support

There are many places that families of children with ASD can turn to for advice, a helping hand, advocacy, and more. Along with your medical team, there are numerous support groups, online forums, and recreational activities available to the ADS community. Become familiar with what services are offered to you and your child and get to know families that share similar struggles. There’s a lot of camaraderie in the autism community. Reach out and help each other.

If you’d like to talk about your child’s autism diagnosis, contact LifeStance Health. We can help with your child’s communication, emotions, behavioral patterns, or simply help you cope as a parent. Don’t hesitate to reach out as you research your options.