Accepting an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

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Suspecting and/or finding out that your son or daughter has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum can be very difficult for parents to deal with. There are many stages that a parent experience after this sort of diagnoses, but the sooner you accept that your child needs help, the sooner you can get them evolved in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy.

ABA is the use of positive reinforcement and behavioral techniques to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lessons as well as in every day situations such as meal times, family outings, play dates, group interactions or one-on –one interactions.

Early identification and intervention can be the keys to helping your child on the spectrum adapt to their environments and eventually live as normal a life as possible, depending on the severity of their condition.

Here are some things to keep in mind after an autism diagnosis.

·  Early identification, diagnosis and intervention can make a significant difference. Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2. Yet, the average age of diagnosis is between ages 4 – 5. That’s why raising awareness and understanding the signs of autism is so important. The earlier you recognize and accept the signs of autism and get support for your son or daughter on the spectrum, the better outcomes they will experience throughout their lives. 

·  Everyone has their own unique experience with autism. Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning it affects people in many different ways and in varying degrees. To ensure everyone receives the care and supports they deserve we use tools and create specialized programs that will help you discover your child’s strengths and weaknesses and which areas  of their behavior need the most attention.

·  Autism is a lifelong condition. There is no “cure” for autism, but with hard work and dedication; early intervention and applied behavioral analysis, your child can learn to adapt to their environment and gain the ability to function in society.

Although coming to terms with your child’s diagnosis can be difficult, remember that acceptance is the answer. You, together with Beautiful Minds Center, can make a difference in yours and your child’s lives by accepting their many gifts and recognizing the challenges each one of us face.