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Understanding an Autism Diagnosis

Fundamentally, an autism diagnosis means your child has difficulty with social communication skills and repetitive behaviors. Within those two core features, there are endless possible ways symptoms can manifest

It is natural to feel worried about what the future holds when you learn that your child has autism. The diagnosis is intimidating—a lifelong developmental disorder—but try not to be intimidated. Autism is a spectrum. No two cases look exactly alike, and there are no foregone conclusions.

An autism diagnosis does not change who your child is. It simply provides an explanation, or a lens through which to better understand your child’s needs. A diagnosis can also open up access to resources and eligibility for autism therapies. Remember that you and your child are in a better position now than you were before the diagnosis.

Most children with autism respond well to therapy, especially if started early in life. Depending on the level of severity, many children on the autism spectrum are able to participate in traditional school, and may end up leading entirely independent adult lives.

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