My Child Has Autism – What Now?

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I remember when we had our worst fears confirmed – your child has Autism!

It can be a devastating blow, and you are left wondering – what now?

Well as hard as it may be, you need to make light of it, because feeling bad or blaming yourself or others will only make matters worse, there is no question about it.

There are so many paths you can take when considering “what can we do for our child with Autism?”

Early intervention, Biomedical treatments, ABA, DTT, DIR Floortime, RDI, SON Rise, Pharmaceutical treatments, the list goes on..

There are certainly many Autism treatments and learning methods and it can all be very overwhelming.

We recall that one of our worst anxieties was “are we doing enough” and “are we doing it soon enough”. There is certainly much evidence to suggest that our brains are much more plastic (malleable) up until the age of 5 or 6 years old, and so a child with Autism needs to have intensive treatment and learning at the soonest possible time.

However you can only do what you can do. There is an immense amount of pressure on parents of children with Autism to seek out, research and administer the most amount of treatment in the soonest amount of time – the clock is ticking!

In hindsight now we can only recommend one very important factor that most of us at a time of having our world turned upside down by Autism tend to overlook. A happy, loving, secure and fun environment for our children – with or without Autism.

How can you be happy, secure and have fun when you child has just been diagnosed with Autism?

Well, things could always be worse – is the glass half empty or half full? And how could being scared, miserable, stressed and unhappy possibly make things better?

There is no doubt that our mind controls every aspect of our physical being. There are other environmental factors, but the main controlling factor is how we feel and think mentally.

A child with or without Autism will always thrive and learn better in a happy secure fun environment, it is only common sense!

It can be difficult, however it is not impossible. There are many ways you can turn things around and see the positive side of everything in life and Autism!

As Barry Kaufman points out in one of his books – Happiness is a choice! And it really is!

You think about it, your child has Autism – that you can not change, but you can choose to be happy or you can choose to be sad – it is your choice!

And… which choice will your child with or without Autism most benefit from?

Autism aside, there are two books out of many we have read that we can highly recommend particularly on the subject of changing how you feel and think about your situation – see below!

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