The latest statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 school aged children have been diagnosed with Autism. Recently, it was estimated that 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls have been diagnosed with Autism. That means that most of us know someone who is raising a child on the spectrum. Like raising any child, it’s not easy, but it’s also not devastating.
When a child is newly diagnosed, parents might feel a range of emotions: confusion, fear of the future, anger, denial, relief at confirmation of suspicion. We asked parents on our Facebook page who have been there, whose kids had been diagnosed with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and here are some great tips they had to offer to “new” parents.