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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You'll Mourn an Autism Diagnosis

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a Cathy Hale on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:11PM

Even if your child showed every possible warning sign of autism, you may completely fall apart when a your child is officially diagnosed. It's normal to be crushed by this: Give yourself permission to feel angry, confused and heartbroken about what you thought your child would be like. Whether you need to surround yourself with family and friends for support or deal it with all by yourself, allow yourself a mourning period. And then when that time is over, focus on the future and don't look back.

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