Advice for parents of children just diagnosed with autism, from those who've been there.

I was talking to a friend last week about her son, who was recently diagnosed with autism. He's 8, and she is feeling frustrated and overwhelmed - not by her son, but by the challenge of figuring out what to do next.

Once you have that diagnosis in hand, the questions start piling up. What services does he need, and what will insurance cover? What really works, and what is just a hopeful shot in the dark? How can she get the most out of the public school system? Who coordinates all of this? Do you need a small army of specialists or just one really good behavioral or occupational therapist? And what is ABA, anyway?

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30th July 2014
Washington Post