Originally Posted by HBenfield5
My son, who is 10 years old, was diagnosed yesterday with Autistic Disorder. I have known since he was very small that something was "off". I could never put my finger on what the issue was. He never learned to hold his bottle and didn't talk till he was 3, just for starters. The doctor dismissed this as he has 3 older brother that "do everything for him". Anyway, things have gotten pretty severe and finally they decided to do an evaluation. I got the results yesterday. I'm so lost and confused. This was honestly the furthest thing from my mind. They have made a referral for in home therapy. My question is whats next??
Hugs to you, Heather! My son is 10 and he has had a diagnosis since the age of 20 months. My recommendation is to get the best Developmental Pediatrician who specializes in Autism. That doctor will overlook all of his care and make sure that he has all of the services he needs, including at school. I don't know what part of the country you're in, but, usually, you'll find this person at a Children's Hospital. I'm sure there are some in private practice.
Then, associate yourself with a support group like an Autism Society of America. There are local ones that has support activities for parents and children. You'll meet other parents and learn a lot of what is available in your area.
Educate yourself about this diagnosis because you are your son's best advocate. It will be up to you to decide what is or is not working for him.
It's not easy but when he's getting the support he needs, life gets better. Please feel free to contact me directly. I'm not an Autism expert but I am an expert on my son and I don't mind sharing with you. Don't feel alone. There are many of us.