Your child has a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your experience with autism. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your child's care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions and Comments for Your Doctor
About Your Child
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?
About Treatment Options
Will you be able to manage my child’s care long-term?
Can you be, or will you recommend someone who can be, our constant advisor to evaluate my child's progress and suggest treatment changes when beneficial?
Are there other healthcare professionals you can refer us to who can help with treatment?
Are medicines indicated for my child? If so, what are the benefits and side effects?
About Lifestyle Changes
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 support for the changes we are going to have to make in our lives?
Can you recommend a support group or 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 be?
Shall 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?
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a