Posted on: May 4, 2015
Witness your young child’s meltdown in a public venue, and there aren’t enough corners available in any location to withdraw to, out of the line of sight of onlookers.
All the pre-planning in the world can’t help you avoid every situation and, when all eyes are focused on you as the parent, the outburst may be sufficiently significant for you to question your parenting skills – and enough to prompt you to start a – long – journey you never planned for.
Often parents start with sharing concerns in the pediatrician’s office during a routine wellness check. As the doctor goes through a checklist of benchmarks, a picture filled with discrepancies begins to reveal itself through your answers.
Without expectation, a whirlwind of vocabulary resounds in the air. When the dust settles, the doctor has completed a referral for a test for autism.
“Autism? No, not my child. It’s not possible. How did this happen? How can I fix this? You must be wrong – it’s something else. I’ve heard diet and things like red dye can cause it.”
The confusion and upheaval take an initial heavy emotional toll, as you struggle to understand the implications of what this could mean, for your child.
Thoughts never enter your mind about how this will impact your family, your relationships, and your life.
It encroaches in a variety of ways, not the least of which is your ability to maintain a semblance of “normalcy.” Everyone around you becomes an expert at giving you advice on what to do.
What they don’t often offer are valuable recommendations on referrals to experts who can properly evaluate autism and provide services for autistic children.
If you do your homework, it’s rather easy to find providers. However, knowing which servicers offer the best hope for an optimal outcome is more challenging to discern.
On top of it all, children continue to grow. Teenage years and the need for appropriate counseling services to support the emotional needs that come along with them also become a vital consideration.
Knowing that Edgewood Clinical Services can become your partner in the journey is frequently why clients are attracted to the staff and facilities. Starting with overall assessments and continuing with age appropriate interventions and counselors at every age serve to ease concerns about transitioning – an especially challenging issue for all children but in particular for those found to fit along the autism spectrum.
As parents, you turn to the professionals to guide you in making the best decisions possible. In the case of children whose testing reveals autism spectrum disorder, all current research indicates that starting with interventions sooner than later, during the formative years, can make a significant difference in the progress and adaptations children are able to make to minimize issues and maximize their abilities. As with any medical evaluation, a second – or even third – opinion can always be of benefit, to confirm an assessment or offer alternatives you were unaware of, such as learning how to translate what you see exhibited by your child into a meaningful communication about what he or she is trying to say without the verbal skill set other children have.
To find out more about scheduling a test for autism or to talk to a professional about your experiences with your child’s behavioral and neurological issues, call Edgewood Clinical Services at 630.428.7890.