So its happened, you just got back from the doctor and the news wasn’t good. They have told you your child has Autism.
The new A-word.
I remember hearing these words and just feeling hollow inside. Sitting in my car and crying, because I felt so alone and helpless.
But you are NOT helpless. There are several things you can do to give your child a fighting chance.
1) First Put Your Mask on First and Process What is Happening:
This is a hard pill to swallow. You might be feeling guilt, but don’t be. No one knows what causes Autism for sure. Personally I feel the reason they can’t figure it out is because there are more than one smoking gun. Whether its food, environment, vaccines, the list goes on of possible suspects.
Find someone to talk to. Sadly with Autism becoming more and more common, its kind of like cancer, some one knows someone who has a child with it. I also found online forums and facebook groups helpful.
2) Find Out What Services are Available Locally and Get on the Waitlist.
Talk to your doctor or public health nurse. Find out what services your province, state, school division, etc provides. Then get on their waitlist. The list are usually long, so its better to be on them as early as possible.
3) Find Out What Types of Tax Credits and Benefits You Qualify for.
Call your accountant and find out what kind of tax credits or benefits your family is entitled to. Also ask about back pay. Autism is considered a condition that is there at birth, you should be able to do some adjustments to your taxes and get some back pay. This extra money will come in handy to pay for therapies not covered by the government or your insurance plan.
4) Hit Your Local Library, or Amazon and Get Books on Autism.
Education is power. You’re not going to agree with every book you read. But I found the more I read about Autism the more I learned. Even the autobiographies, they would talk about their experience with different therapies and I was able to look them up on google and find more help.
5) Get a DAN! Doctor or Naturopath that has Experienced with Child with Autism.
While your child’s medical doctor is good for broken bones, and stuff like that, they are not always the best source when it comes to autism.
DAN!(Defeat Autism NOW!) practitioners are specially trained to deal with autism. They understand that other ailments your child may be experience are usually correlated. Even an experience Naturopath can offer gentle alternatives to help your child.
6) Educate Yourself on How Your Child’s Diet is Affecting Their Behavior.
Food affects people more than they think. Look into what might be affecting your child. For some kids gluten give them the feeling of being on opium, other kids its food colorings. Research and talk to your DAN! or Naturopath.
7) Look For a NAET Practitioner
NAET(Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) is a acupressure(no needles so don’t worry) therapy that helps reboot the body and to have it stop reacting poorly to certain allergens.
For example my son was terribly allergic to milk and gluten. 2 months working with our NAET practitioner, he can now eat both of them without any issue.
8) Learn about Early Learning.
Join the BrillKids Forum and look into there program Little Reader. Both my boys learned how to read using this program and it also helps expand vocabulary and labeling skills. Things some autistic children struggle with.
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