Dec 22, 2007
For parents of children with a recent diagnosis, the most important advice I have is to not feel sorry for your child or spend too much time chasing after a cure. There is none. My daughter with PDD once told me if she was cured, she wouldn't be herself; she'd be someone different! Don't take away your child's self-hood!
OK, you didn't get the child you expected to have, but why not get to know the child you do have.
Second thing: If your child is non-verbal, this does not mean your child can't communicate. Just learn the language. If you had a child with a hearing loss, you'd learn sign language, right? I know, it's hard, but once you do, the rewards abound.
Third, be an advocate (a fighter). This neurotypical world is full of prejudice. You need to help your child navigate it.