“My child was just diagnosed with Autism, Now what?!?...”
You have just completed weeks upon weeks of testing. The results are in. You walk through the door at the Health Center. With a room full of health professional’s holding their clipboards, watching you as you walk into the room.
One tells you to please have a seat…
“After all the assessments, we as a team have come to the conclusion that, your son has Autism…”
The diagnosis of ASD can be one of the hardest things to go through as a parent. All of your dreams you envisioned for your child’s future have all at once come to an unbearable pause.
The first words from their mouths are all about how Early Intervention is key. They explain about having this diagnosis in British Columbia will bring funding to your child to provide services.
And you are given a mound full of papers to read through for referencing. Reading is not the first thing that will likely be on your list. You want them to tell you what to do and how to do it.
When my son was diagnosed, there was a wait list for services. This meant my child who was just diagnosed, needed help yesterday but would not get services till maybe next year.
We then decided to look for a private service provider. We started our own Early Intervention Program one month later. Our consultant had thirty years’ experience with Autism. When we interviewed him, he saved our lives. He gave us back hope…