#1 What to do While You Wait... Red Flags & Parental Concerns CHECKLIST
#2 What to do While You Wait... Diagnosis & Denial & Doctors WHAT TO DO NEXT... FOLLOWING DIAGNOSIS
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Parents often must wait days, weeks, and even months for assessments or doctor appointments. During this stressful time, it's good to feel that you are actively helping your child. This can become an important time of clarifying what bothers you the most about your child's behavior, development, or other concerns. Video tape what you are seeing and how your child acts throughout the day/night. 'Seeing is believing' for someone new to your child.
Prioritize your child's 'needs' and your 'wants'. Try new things... like teaching your child age appropriate 'developmental skills' that are non-invasive. See what works and what doesn't. Eventually, you will have to choose from available programs, therapies, and services that will be offered. Some are quite expensive, so understand your child well enough to figure out what will probably work and what absolutely won't. You can only know this by trying some things on your own. In this 'page' I give you some ideas on where to start to discover who your child is 'behind' the autism.
HOW TO FIND THE INTERVENTION OUTCOME YOU ARE LOOKING FOR…
Before looking for a program… Prioritize your child’s
‘needs’… Prioritize your ‘wants’
In other words…
What is the most frightening or destructive thing that is going on right now in your child’s world?
Recent studies show the following things worry parents the most…
- gross motor skills
- speech/language communication
- social/personal awareness
- daily living skills
Let's look at #3A Gross Motor Skills & Speech/Language Communication, first. Next, will be #3B Cognition. Then, will be #3C Social/Personal Awareness & Daily Living Skills.