Newly Diagnosed Families
If you have recently received a diagnosis of autism for your sweet child, it's imperative you do one thing: BREATHE! It's going to be okay! One of the first Ausome Moms we met six years ago shared this thought with us:
“If I can give you any advice it's this...Take care of yourself. It's like the airplane analogy. If the plane is experiencing difficulties, get the oxygen mask on yourself first, then on others. If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else. Then take one day at a time, and enjoy the little victories.”
Another inspring comment by author and AUSOME MOM Karen Seroussi:
"The word autism, which once meant so little to me, has changed my life profoundly. It came to my house like a monstrous, uninvited guest, but eventually brought its own gifts. I've felt twice blessed—once by the amazing good fortune of reclaiming my child and again by being able to help other autistic children who had been written off by their doctors and mourned by their parents."
Okay, so hopefully you're breathing has returned to normal. The next thing we'd like you to know is that many moms (and other family members) actually go through the grieving process after receiving a diagnosis of autism. In order, the stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Many of us vacilate between stages, sometimes moving back into anger or denial, sometimes moving closer towards acceptance. Know that it's alright and that you are not alone! And always remember, accepting autism doesn't mean you can't still work towards helping your sweet child be an AMAZING and AUSOME KID!
You might want to visit the web site Autism Speaks. Once there, do a search for their "First 100 Days Kit". The kit is free and it gives you a place to start. If your child is under 3 years of age, contact your county for services. If your child is over 3, your school district is the place to start. Feel free to contact us here at AUSOME FAMILY - we'll connect you with other resources and families in your area who understand what you're going through.
Warm and loving thoughts and hugs from all of us at Ausome Family!