Whether your first feeling to surface after your child’s autism diagnosis is panic or relief, chances are your first question will be “now what?” From one parent to another, here are some suggested first steps for parents:
Contact the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
They will help you get set up your Autism Funding and can familiarize you with other programs that may be available to your family.
- Contact Your Local Office:
- Central Okanagan
Serving: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland
301 – 1475 Ellis St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2A3
- North Okanagan
Serving: Vernon, Lumby & Armstrong
3007 35th Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 2S9
- South Okanagan
Serving: Penticton, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Summerland, Oliver, Princeton, Cawston, Naramata
104-1873 Main St. Penticton, BC, V2A 5H2
Autism Information Services BC
Ministry of Children & Family Development – Autism Website
A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs
ACT’s New Diagnosis Hub
Bring your official diagnosis report to your school resource teacher.
They will need to have a copy on file in order to set up school-based supports for your child (like a CEA, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy) and to start an Individualized Education Plan for your child.
Get connected with other families.
Sometimes the thing that helps the most is to realize that you and your family are not alone. Meeting someone whose response is “Oh, sure, my child does that too!” often goes a long way to helping us cope with the road ahead. Connect with us on Facebook to get involved in our online community.