how do i.....
I have one son. He's three. He has autism.
He recently received the diagnosis in September 2013. My first thought as I heard those devastating words was, how do I help my child? How do I deal with this? How do I afford this?
I had suspicion that my son had a speech delay but I didn't realize it was autism. I live in a very rural area in north Carolina and I just thought that he was possibly behind a little because well we live a mile down a dirt rd, I'm a single mom, my son was never in daycare because I could not afford it. Before I realized I needed to get him help with his speech his behavior worsened and he regressed in pretty much every area. I was so stressed.I had no clue what to do. I pretty much had to force his pediatrician to give me a referral to a developmental pediatrician who diagnosed him on the first visit. Currently my son gets two hours a week OT and he needs twenty five or more hours. I can't find any place in my area that offers therapy that accepts Medicaid. I have no family to help me and there are few services in the county I live in. I joined this site for advice and information.Please respond with ideas and opinions. Thanx.