Learning about an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be complicated. Where do you start, and who do you talk to? Remember that every autism diagnosis is unique. What works for one person may not work for another. It's important to have an open mind and be willing to adjust your approach as needed.
When it comes to navigating care for autism spectrum disorder, whether for a loved one or yourself, Wellthy is here to help.
Expand your resources
There’s an abundance of books, articles, videos, and digital tools that can help you navigate care with new resources on neurodiverse abilities published regularly. Wellthy’s Care Coordinators can also help find programs and benefits for which you might have eligibility.
Find your support circle
Know that you’re going to feel a lot of emotions. Feeling alone is inevitable, but remember there are many who are in a similar situation. Having a support system can be life changing. There are local support groups too. Wellthy Community is also a place where you can connect with caregivers just like you.
Be aware of communication strategies and tools
Clear and simple language is often helpful, but if you’re struggling to communicate about the diagnosis, there are many speech and communication methods you can adopt. Stay up to date on the different strategies and tools that are available, which can go beyond speech, such as body language.
Don’t underestimate the value of self-care
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and take some time to do things you enjoy, whether big or small, such as watching an episode of your favorite show or reading a book.