Staying Connected: Coping With An Autism Diagnosis

June 15, 2018

When your child is diagnosed with autism, your world is turned upside down. That intuition that was grinding at you when your baby wasn’t showing emotion and laughing or making eye contact with you, has now manifested into the physical and is now a lifelong condition. Because there are many theories that surround what autism is and what causes it, this can leave a huge void between couples when their child is diagnosed.

At Pinnacle Autism Therapy, we see first hand how an autism diagnosis affects the whole family, and we’re here to provide resources and to help you navigate this tough time. Follow along in today’s post as we address how to handle an autism diagnosis when you’re not on the same page as a couple.

Receiving any diagnosis for your child will likely stir up differing opinions and thoughts on the course of treatment and may even call into question the diagnosis, and the same is true with an autism diagnosis. One partner might wholeheartedly believe in early intervention and ABA therapy, while another may want to begin with occupational therapy — or they may totally refute the diagnosis.

Every parent wants to do absolutely everything they can for their child to help them succeed and thrive, despite the obstacles.

What To Do When You Disagree About The Autism Diagnosis

If you and your significant other are arguing over the right course of treatment there are a couple of things you can do before things elevate.

  • Talk with others – Building and finding a community in this time is hugely beneficial. It can be as simple as talking and hearing from your family members, to joining an autism group and asking questions that you and your partner can discuss.
  • Take an old fashioned quiz – A quiz may seem arbitrary in this time, but it may bring needed clarity. Although it’s not the most evidence-based thing to do, it gives you a starting place. Even creating a pros and cons list for a treatment option can help steer you two together.
  • Involve professionals – Talk with an autism specialist or therapist, or your child’s school counselor — chances are they’ve dealt with this issue before and can offer some much needed insight.
  • Document your child’s behavior – If your partner is in disbelief about the autism diagnosis, film some of your child’s behaviors and compare them with typical signs of autistic behavior.
  • Seek a second opinion – Perhaps your family physician gave the initial diagnosis, and while you found it to be true, your partner needs additional information. Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion — pursue a specialist or someone with specific training to provide you with a diagnosis.

Staying connected during an autism diagnosis is crucial to the health of your relationship and family. Whether you or your partner want to dispute or question what treatment option is best, always open the line of communication and hold space for each other in this difficult time. If you disagree, seek to find a solution through talking with others, taking quizzes, involving professionals, or seeking a second opinion.

If you have looming questions and need guidance in navigating this issue, please contact us at Pinnacle Autism Therapy for more information! Call today!

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