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Parents of autistic children are very familiar with the difficulties and frustrations that characterize everyday life, but through various support groups and treatment methods they learn to make the best of the situation. It’s not as easy for those parents who suspect their child has autism but are unable to get a satisfactory diagnosis. Bear in mind that not all family doctors are well-versed in developmental disorders. Getting a second opinion from a developmental pediatrician can make a world of difference.
There are a number of ways you can expedite the process of getting a diagnosis and moving on to the most important step: finding a treatment option that works for your child. First, bring in written and video evidence of the child’s struggles. If you can secure a letter from the child’s babysitter or teacher testifying as to his symptoms, it carries a lot of weight with a medical professional. The same is true of a video documenting the difficulties.
Articles on autism often recommend parental support groups. Seek out other parents who have gone through a similar experience. They will be more than willing to help navigate you through this difficult process, and they’ll be ready to listen as you vent about it. A huge network of support groups for autism already exists, but perhaps you’ll see an opportunity to start a whole new one in your area. Remember that the sooner your child receives a diagnosis, the sooner he or she will be on the way to treatment and a more normal life.
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