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  • Writer's pictureMagdalena Jedowska

Step-by-step what to do after a new Autism diagnosis?


A little boy is using a stethoscope to check his Panda toy's health.
A child with the stethoscope.

Your child has just been diagnosed with autism. You may face a powerful reaction to the news whether you were expecting it or not. In the aftermath, you may cycle through anger, fear, relief, and sadness and feel confused. These reactions are normal and take time to process. Most of all, you may wonder what happens after a diagnosis of autism and feel pressure to take action. You and your family will feel more support if you follow a few helpful tips.


  1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Understanding the condition's characteristics, strengths, challenges, and potential interventions is crucial.

  2. Seek Professional Guidance: Schedule a follow-up appointment with the diagnosing professional to discuss the diagnosis in detail. Ask questions and seek recommendations for therapies, interventions, and support.

  3. Create a Support System: Reach out to local autism organisations, support groups, and online communities. Connecting with others who are going through similar experiences can provide valuable insights and emotional support.

  4. Talk to Your Child: If the diagnosis is for a child, have an age-appropriate conversation about autism. Emphasise their unique qualities and reassure them that you're there to support them.

  5. Therapies and Interventions: Depending on the individual's needs, consider early intervention programs, behavioural therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Consult professionals to determine the best approach.

  6. EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan): If the child is of school age, work with the school or Local Authorities to create an EHCP that outlines specific accommodations and support needed for their education.

  7. Advocate for Support: Research available services, benefits, and resources in your area. This might include government assistance, disability services, and insurance coverage.

  8. Focus on Strengths: Identify the individual's strengths and interests. Encourage activities that align with these strengths, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

  9. Develop a Routine: Establishing routines can provide predictability and stability, which can be comforting for individuals with autism.

  10. Promote Communication: Explore different communication methods that best suit your child's needs. This might include speech, sign language, or assistive technology.

  11. Self-Care: Taking care of yourself and other family members is essential. Seek emotional support, practice self-care, and maintain a healthy balance between caregiving and personal needs.

  12. Advocate for Inclusion: Educate others about autism and promote inclusive environments that celebrate diversity.


A stethoscope on the open book.
A stethoscope.

Everyone diagnosed with autism is unique, and their needs and preferences vary. The journey after a new diagnosis involves ongoing learning, adaptation, and growth. It's essential to celebrate progress and seek support when needed as you embark on this journey of understanding and supporting your loved one with autism.



 


How we can help.


The SEN tutor DIRECT Ltd is the leading Specialist Educational Service in the UK.

We offer multiple special education needs approaches for children aged 3-19.

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SEN children


Our special needs education services are designed to assist our clients by offering smaller classes, one-to-one sessions with behaviour specialists, and developing communication, social, and adaptive skills. We also educate those who have EOTAS packages or other Interim Provisions.


We understand that an autism diagnosis can rock your world, but you can work toward a new 'normal' one step at a time. Take the time you need to adjust, ask for help, and use all available resources. And remember, your life and your child’s life can be happy and satisfying, and we are here to help.



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