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Special Needs Awareness

Top 10 Suggestions from Parents of Children with Autism

April 01, 2011
Raising a child with autism truly does take a village. Following is a bit of parent-to-parent advice from those associated with the Autism Society of Indiana who have first-hand experience of Parenting a child with autism.

1. Educate yourself and family members about autism spectrum disorders. There is a lot of information available, but not all of the sources are credible. Get the facts and share them with your family.

2. Once your child receives the medical diagnosis of autism, get on the Medicaid Waiver waiting list.

3. Secure services like speech therapy, occupational therapy and the like for your child with autism...and the earlier the better.

4. Once your child has a diagnosis of autism, contact your school about getting services to help your child. Or, if you suspect your child has autism but does not yet have a diagnosis of autism, contact your school to get an assessment done.

5. Find a support group. It's important parents get support from other parents who understand what it's like to raise a child with autism. And accept the support others offer.

6. Knowledge is power. Familiarize yourself with IEP procedures. Article 7, and special education in Indiana and its associated requirements.

7. You will meet incredible teachers, physicians, therapists and others that you ordinarily would not have had an opportunity to share your journey with. Express appreciation for all their efforts. It really does take a village to raise a child with autism.

8. It is not an easy road; yet, you will never regret the challenge.

9. The insurance companies will always supply their fair share of angst.

10. Never give up.

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Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons whose daily antics inspire her work and life. Contact her at freelancewritercarrie@gmail.com.

Tags: In This Issue, Health, Parenting, Special Needs

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