Your child is on the autism spectrum. The diagnosis is life altering for parents, siblings, grandparents, and everyone else in your child’s immediate life.
You are not alone. Autism is common, and in one way or another, we all know of someone who has been diagnosed with ASD. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 59 children have ASD and it is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.
Still, as prevalent as it may be, it can be difficult to know where to start or what you can do to help your child when you first get the diagnosis. Here’s a guide to the first steps.