When your child is being assessed for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s only natural to wonder what you should do while you’re waiting for the results. It may take some time to receive results from the evaluation, so while you’re waiting, here are some productive steps you can take on your own:
Find a support group.
If your child has shown symptoms that are consistent with those of ASD, it can be challenging for you to live with this situation by yourself, with nobody to talk to about it. But you don’t have to go it alone. While you’re waiting for your child’s ASD assessment to be completed and discussed with you, it can be beneficial to find a support group in your area so you can talk to other parents who also have children with ASD.
Look into available interventional services.
Even if you have not received your child’s assessment, it’s not too early to look into some of the interventional services that are available in your area. You should check to see if your child’s school offers any services that are geared to the needs of children with ASD and other developmental issues.
Educate yourself about ASD.
If you’re like most parents, you probably hadn’t spent much time thinking about ASD until you learned that your child may be living with it. As you wait for your child’s results, seek out professional resources that will help you understand what the disorder is and how it is treated. The more thoroughly you understand ASD, the more prepared you will be when going over the results.