How can you help your child after the diagnosis?
What should a parent do and what are the next steps?
- Learn about your child’s diagnosis by doing research and becoming familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Visit Autism websites for information.
- Learn about the characteristics of effective interventions.
- If your child is young and not in school yet, contact the Early Intervention team at Children’s Integrated Services (CIS). They can be a great resource for you and can help teach you how to engage in meaningful play and activities. They can help you learn what you can do in your home to support your child.
- Learn about different kinds of interventions, treatments and therapies.
- If your child is school age, learn about Early Essential Education (EEE) programs and Special Education
- If your child is under the age of 6, there is Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatments, learn what you can.
- Find support groups in your area and explore the VFN parent match program to assist you in your journey.
- If you have questions about school concerns, contact the Family Support Program at Vermont Family Network.
- Visit the Vermont Family Network Lending Library for books on Autism.
You may need help with explaining the diagnosis to:
- Child with new Autism Diagnosis
- Young children in primary grades
- Friends and family members