What Is Autism? ASA Guide to Diagnosing & Treating Autism
What are the best first steps to take if my child is diagnosed with autism?
One of the most commonly cited pieces of advice for parents of a newly diagnosed child is to find other parents in the area who have been through the process. ASA local chapters are often a good place to meet with other local parents of children with autism in your area; they are often also a good place to become more educated through workshops, learning your rights, and finding out about best practices and new ideas. Visiting a developmental pediatrician can also be helpful in sorting through all the different options and details.
What is the Autism Society of America, and how do they help people with autism?
ASA, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
For more information, visit www.autism-society.org.