From early observations of your child's development to the day you get an autism diagnosis to an achievement that makes you burst with pride, raising a child with autism is nothing if not a journey. Here are 18 things we wish we'd known.
You'll Know When Milestones Are Supposed to Occur
Sure, all moms read up on milestones to make sure that their baby is cooing and crawling on schedule. But moms of children who are diagnosed with autism often say that they knew that their child wasn't hitting developmental milestones on time. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can present itself in some obvious ways like lack of eye contact or less obvious ways like your baby is slow to develop core body strength. But the first steps that many parents take are observing their child's behavior and checking it against any number of milestone charts. (Think your child may be at risk? Learn more about autism and check for red flags in your child's behavior. Bring up any concerns with your pediatrician.)