Why don’t you try? : What to do when your loved one first gets diagnosed with autism
People react to a diagnosis of autism in different ways.
For some, it’s a relief to find out why they or their child think, feel and act the way they do. For others, it can be a shock.
Try to give yourself time to come to terms with the diagnosis.
Help and support is available.
Even if things are hard now, they can get better you or your child are still the same person as before. autism is not an illness or disease with treatments or a “cure”. autistic people have things they’re good at as well as things they need help with.
You might feel alone when you or your child are first diagnosed. But there are places you can get support. You can get help from:
- Local support groups
- National charities
- Other autistic people or parents on social media and forums
- Your school, college or workplace
- Your local council
- Your GP or the autism assessment team that diagnosed you
Autism is not an illness. But many autistic people also have other conditions.
These are not always checked for during an autism assessment.
See a GP if you have any concerns about your or your child’s health. They can help you get any extra care you need.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Contact your local autism branch or support group. , Join an online community forum or group to find peer support. , Book an appointment with a member of the Bridgit Carer Coach team,
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