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Talking to Your Doctor About Autism
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions. Also, ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- How would you classify my child's case on a range of mild to severe?
- What can I expect from my child in terms of development?
- Will my child be able to attend a normal school?
- Will you be able to manage my child’s care long term?
- Can you be our constant advisor to evaluate my child's progress? Can you suggest treatment changes when beneficial? Or, will you recommend someone who can?
- Are there other healthcare professionals you can refer us to who can help with treatment?
- Should my child take medicine? If so, what are the benefits and side effects?
- What is the best way to incorporate these lifestyle changes into our lives?
- How will these changes affect my other children?
- What are the best local information resources and sources of support for the changes we are going to have to make in our lives?
- Can you recommend a support group? Can you tell me about other means of emotional support for our family?
- Are there any funding sources available for the types of support we may need?
- As my child grows, how independent will he or she be?
- Should we make financial and/or guardianship arrangements in case something happens to us?
- Should we have another child? What is the chance that another child will also have autism?
- Reviewer: Adrian Preda, MD
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015