What I Wish I’d Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

As I have been doing a freelance job for a family friend on top of my normal duties, I have been pulling 18+ hr days and had little time for blogging. So I thought Id reblog some of my favorites…
This is an older post, but is one of my go to posts when I see those familiar posts from a parent “my child was just diagnosed…I’m lost, scared, heartbroken, where do I begin?” I don’t know if any of them actually click on the link and read…but I hope that somewhere at least one has, and has opened their mind to it and to their child, and the endless possibilities.

Emma's Hope Book

What follows are some of the things I wish I’d been told (and given) when we learned Emma was Autistic.  These are the things, in retrospect, I wish all those doctors, specialists, pediatricians, therapists and people who dedicate their lives and careers to autism had told me, but did not.  I believe our lives would have changed dramatically had we been told even a few of these things.  It is my hope that for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an Autistic child, this list might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

1.  Seek out the work of Autistic people ~ most of the work I’ve listed was not available when my daughter was diagnosed, but it is now.  Take advantage of all that is out there, these people are leading…

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