By Jessy McCulloch, Autism Home Support Services
So, your kiddo has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Likely, the first question on your mind is a simple one: Now what?
Knowledge is power, and that’s what Autism Awareness Month is all about. Dr. Denise Kirth, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and coordinator of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at Rowan University shares why she feels Autism Awareness Month is so important.
In her own words, Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity:
- to share information about autism with people who are not directly involved in the autism community,
- to highlight the achievements and hard work of individuals with autism,
- to focus on abilities rather than diagnosis,
- and to share the stories of families who are committed to helping their loved ones overcome challenges.
With that in mind, Dr. Kerth shares five tips for parents of children newly diagnosed with autism.
Importantly, these tips aren’t just about what’s best for your child; they’re about what’s best for YOU as well. As parents, our children’s struggles are our struggles. So better equipping yourselves in how to respond and act next will only enhance your kiddo’s chances for success!
Dr. Kerth: “As Maya Angelou said, ‘When people know better, they do better.’…When our community is aware of the unique needs and strengths of all its members, we can all ‘do better.’”