ASD diagnosis for 7YO - Now What?
Hello BPN! So we have a near seven-year old who is super bright but has had some consistent social difficulties. We initiated ASD evaluations last year, and finally managed an in-person appointment last week, and received the diagnosis today of high-functioning ASD.
Of course we thought about this here and there over the years, and we were the ones who sought the evaluation. But now that there is a diagnosis, I find myself devastated. I suppose we were hoping that it was just something that would be outgrown.
My questions are:
- How do I process this? How can I get support - are there communities that I can join, for example?
- We are in a private school that we love. The school has struggled with some of these antisocial behaviors, but has been broadly supportive and attentive, and we feel that it is a good environment. We want to stay. We will certainly discuss this in a more specific and informed way to seek support. But do we tell the school this label? Might the school use this as a reason to kick us out?
- do you tell others, for example, parents of classmates? Do people think of/treat your child differently as a result of the label? Is that a good thing or not?