Having your child receive a diagnosis that they have Autism can be a very stressful day for any family. Sure you may have had your own reservations for the behaviors your child was displaying, but when you have it written on a piece of paper as a permanent label, you tend to become very emotional and confused. The actual diagnosing part of the ailment is what seems to frustrate parents the most. They take their children into a medical setting; they are there for hours and receive the official news. Most therapists and experts on Autism will at the very least guide the parents and provide them with some information and paperwork to begin various forms of treatment right away, but that seems to be it as far as the process works. They give some papers and send you on your way to begin the treatments on your own doing. It sort of is generalized as a health issue that the parents must be their child's advocate to gain them the proper therapies that they are entitled to in the home and at school as well.
Some tips to help ease the confusion are to first, stay calm. Your child did not receive a medical diagnosis such as cancer, they are not in any physical pain and they are in most cases are not even aware they have any issue at all. Once you come to that point, you can be dong your own research on your child's symptoms and how to help them to have the best possible exit. If you decide to throw in the towel and not pursue any treatments for your child, then you will be assuming the responsibly that their ailment will continue to become stronger and their chances of being able to have any real a normal lifestyle as an adult will lessen instantly. Instead, protect the child and get them all the help you can and the earlier you get started the more progress they tend to show.
Home therapists are common these days and they can come into your home and work with your child through speech, motor skills and sensory developments for short periods of time each week. This is fantastic for the parents, they do not have to take the child anywhere, the child can learn in their own home and they can build a trusting relationship with each therapist that they work with overtime. If they are enrolled in school, seek obtaining an aide for the child versus pulling them out of the traditional school system to place them in a special needs one. Many of Autistic children do extremely well in regular bedroom settings with an aide and learn the curriculum with ease as opposed to some of them drifting back in their progression from being in an environment where most of the children have some form of special needs and the curriculum may in fact be too easy for the child. Start off slowly; do not overwhelm your child with therapies and new techniques to try to help their autism. Track their progress and show them how far they have come over a few weeks of therapy and with their aides in school and in many cases these children have done exceptionally well over time and excelled to attend classes on their own and even discontinue their need for any therapies. Work on it together; listen to your child's needs and in time you may even forget they were once a child struggling with autism, to now a child living with it.