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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Getting a diagnosis Part 2

Since the last post I have been listening to what parents have had to say about their response to their child's diagnosis on my Learn to be Buddies Facebook Fan page. Here are some of their responses

  • Not surprised - parents often recognise that something is not quite right, especially if it is their second or third child.
  • Relieved - often the relief came as a result of recognising that their child's behaviour was not a result of "bad parenting."
  • Vindicated - parents' concerns can sometimes be dismissed by those from whom they seek advice and help. When their child is diagnosed it is a vindication of their concerns. It can re-affirm parents' trust in their knowledge of their children, and their parenting skills.
  • "I just got on with it" - just getting on with the role of advocate for their child is another response that parents can have to the diagnosis of their child.
If you have a child who is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder... or any other condition... what was your response to the diagnosis?

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Rebecca August 23, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

I felt relieved and vindicated. Our school had recommended parenting classes on 2 occasions and were making me feel like it was all my fault.
Now I am busy with his therapy and advocating for him for this coming school year.

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