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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a Cathy Hale on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05PM

If a friend, family member or teacher suggests that your child should be evaluated for autism, you may feel like you're under attack -- even if you know that they're only trying to help. Hearing someone else confirm your own suspicions or highlight behaviors you didn't think were problematic can be difficult. It's normal to be upset, but try to remember that autism is not a reflection on you or your parenting. Be as objective and open-minded as you can -- and focus on getting your child the help he needs. Read stories from moms about when they first "knew" their child had autism.

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