Surviving Autism

 It's OK to be depressed. We know that receiving the news of your child's autism is a hard pill to swallow. Sadness, disappointment & grief are all natural & necessary emotions. However, make sure that you snap out of the depression as soon as possible. Your job is to help your child, remember that.

-Research, there are tons of resources online.

-Autism will change your life. But do not lose hope because solutions exist.

-The key is early intervention. Find a developmental pediatrician (if you haven't consulted one at this point) to get a formal diagnosis for your child.

-Research on possible therapies that can help your child.

-It helps to confide about your child's condition to your relatives and close friends. Believe it or not, we found it very therapeutic.

-Have a heart to heart talk with your spouse (and children) about your child's autism. Discuss all possible options with your family members.

-Research, read books about autism.

-Do not make impulsive decisions, think twice when in doubt.

-Don't stop living your life. Believe it or not, life goes on despite autism.

-Be optimistic.

-Research, know the latest treatments available to conquer autism.

-Find a support group, there are people out there with the same concerns. You are not alone in this battle.

-Accept your child's condition.

-Read the lovely poem "God's Whisper" written by one of my dearest friends in the world, Jeannie. It has helped me put things in the proper perspective (see below)

-Be proactive.

-Did we mention Research?

-When making major decisions, your child's welfare should be your top priority. Do not decide based on what is convenient for you. Decide based on what's best for your child.

- Laugh. Cry. It's good for you.

- Don't forget to have fun!

- Do not lose hope.  Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up...

-Join the Autism Pinoy online support group at

-PRAY. It’s the most powerful intervention for your child.

© Ethan  2011