If you are the parent or caregiver of a young child in Southwest Louisiana who has recently received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this information is for you.
You may have had concerns about your child’s development for a long time but have just received an “official” diagnosis of autism or PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified). Even if you have been suspecting an ASD, receiving the diagnosis can feel overwhelming. You have to adjust emotionally to the diagnosis in terms of what this means for you and your family, and at the same time you have to make plans for appropriate interventions.
Since there is an incredible amount of information about autism to sort through from multiple sources (the Internet, books, teachers, other parents, etc.), we hope this information will be a useful place to start. Included are questions that are frequently asked by parents when their child receives an ASD diagnosis, and brief answers that also contain links to resources with more detailed information.