Seven First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism
John Lennon once said “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Planning for the future of our children begins long before they are born. Yet, when they finally show up, we learn what life has in store.
An autism diagnosis will certainly challenge or complicate the future you envisioned for your child. You will find yourself facing the unknown, followed by a whole range of emotions, questions and sometimes various levels of confusion and not certain what your next steps should be. We hope this article titled “Seven First Steps for Parents with Children Diagnosed with Autism” will help you to develop a roadmap for the best approach for your child’s education and future.
1.Take a breath. Inhale, then exhale.
2. Do your own research.
3. Look for an early intervention program.
4. Learn the lingo. Get ready for an onslaught of acronyms.
5. Enhance your support network.
6. Ask questions about educational programs.
7. Ask questions about your child.
There will continue to be details and questions that will arise from day to day, week to week. You will need to stay on top of them but you will also have doctors, teachers, and school staff to rely on. No matter what, there is one person who will grow to be your greatest resource: your child.
Alpha School an private special education school in New Jersey
Our Mission at The Alpha School is to help all of our special needs students with the learning, social, language, and behavioral support they deserve. Our highly skilled staff are committed daily to helping each student to becoming the best they can while providing a safe and nurturing educational environment.
We would be more than happy to discuss your child’s specific needs and challenges, so please call us at 732.370.1150, or request a tour of Alpha School of Jackson, NJ located just minutes off of Route 9 and Route 195 in Ocean County.
— Monica DeTuro, Principal-Alpha School, Jackson, NJ