Wish We'd Known: 18 Things No One Told Us About Raising a Child With Autism

From learning to be an advocate for your child to answering the vaccine question, here are 18 things we wish we'd known about raising a child with autism. (19 Photos)

Cathy Hale on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:08AM

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There's a Lot of Waiting

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a Cathy Hale on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:08PM

If you suspect that your child may register on the autism spectrum, you'll want to get a professional opinion as quickly as possible. But your child's doctor may send you to a pediatric neurologist for a formal autism diagnosis and it may take months to see the doctor, because these specialists are often booked far in advance. Even after your appointment, there may be referrals to other specialists, such as speech or occupational or physical therapists -- and more waiting for appointments and evaluations. Put your name on the waiting list (if you can be flexible when it comes to last-minute openings), ask the office if you should call to check in on the waiting list and then try as best you can to put the appointment out of your mind. The sooner you can accept that the waiting is mostly out of your control, the happier you'll be.

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