Introduction to Autism
Whether you have just received the autism diagnosis for your child, are having your child evaluated for autism or new to treatment; Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) can help guide you through this process.
The first and most important element for new parents to understand is that autism is treatable. There are many innovative traditional therapies, medical interventions, and therapeutic tools that will make a difference in your child’s life.
STEP ONE: OBTAIN THE DIAGNOSIS THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR CHILD
To obtain a diagnosis, your child should be seen by a pediatric neurologist, licensed clinical psychologist, developmental pediatrician or psychiatrist. Once an official diagnosis has been made, a detailed assessment should outline your child’s assets and deficits plus recommendations for services. This assessment is crucial in determining first steps and needs for your child. Important traditional therapies should begin as soon as possible. TACA can assist with referrals for providers that are TACA “parent approved” in your area. http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/i-think-my-child-may-have-autism/
STEP TWO: CONNECT WITH TACA
For over a decade, TACA has been a no cost resource to families living with autism. TACA provides twelve programs that help families go from suspicion to diagnosis to effective treatments. We are families with autism helping other families with autism get connected and educated to help their children receive the best outcome and possibility of recovery. You can connect to TACA via our website, phone, email and Live Chat. Your first step is to JOIN TACA – it is free and takes 2 minutes.
STEP THREE: FIND A MAPS PHYSICIAN
Children with autism often have medical issues that can be tested and treated by a physician. Therapies are more effective when your child’s health is not compromised. Common medical issues are outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics Standards of Care for Autism. We encourage parents to note all issues of concern and have all areas assessed and treated. Fore information about a doctor near you, please visit www.medmaps.org.
Recommended Books by Theme:
- All Topics – The TACA Autism Journey Guide
- Parent Story of Recovery – Facing Autism by Lynn Hamilton
- Sensory Issues – The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
- Medical – The Autism Book by Dr. Bob Sears
- Understanding Autism from Someone on the Spectrum – Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin, PhD