If you’re concerned about your child’s development, it can be frustrating or worrisome to have to wait for diagnostic or treatment services. But there are steps you can take to support her development while you wait.
Check the following resources to learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD):
Call your state’s public early childhood system to request a free evaluation to determine if your child qualifies for intervention services. This is sometimes called a Child Find evaluation.
You don’t need to wait for a doctor’s referral or a medical diagnosis to make this call. Your child’s age determines where you call to receive your free evaluation.
You are not alone. One of the best sources of information for learning about community resources and experiences is through parent support groups. Often, families who have children with similar needs can provide guidance and insights about available resources.
Marcus Autism Center has a wide range of family resources that can connect you to community support groups and programs for children with disabilities. Visit the Parent to Parent of Georgia website, or call 1-800-229-2038 to find support and resources for your family.
Marcus Autism Center offers a wide range of caregiver workshops to help you better understand what autism is, learn what a diagnosis means and support your child’s development.
We recognize that every child is unique and that the content of this article may not work for everyone. This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. We hope these tips will serve as a jumping off point for finding the best approach to helping a child with autism. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.