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A Life Long Adventure ~ Where Do I Start by Cathy Zimmerman

First and always, pray for God to guide you and give you wisdom.  The diagnosis is just a turn in a new direction in an adventure you may not have known you were already on.  Trusting God to guide and guard your steps, your heart, your mind and emotions is the only way to go.

Consult your pediatrician and get his/her advice.  Find a local autism or Asperger resource center. In Minnesota, there is the Autism Resource Network, which has a lot of resources available on their website at www.autismshop.com.

Check with your local school district to see what they have available in Early Childhood Special Education, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.

Find a local support group and get resources, information and referrals from that group. Especially get support!!  The other parents (and possibly professionals) in a support group will know what you are going through – the emotions, feeling overwhelmed, confused, etc.

Basically, with the help of others, figure out what is the most important thing in your child that needs attention first, so that any subsequent treatment or therapy will be more successful.

“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.  Aaron and Hur held his hands up … so that his hands remained steady till sunset.  So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” (Exodus 17:12 ~ NIV)  Find someone to hold up your hands through the battle.  Someone who will know, when you say you’re having a bad day with your child, that there’s a LOT going on behind those words.  They don’t need to know details; they simply need to hold you up.  Hang out with the “Aarons and Hurs” not the “Eliphazes, Bildads and Zophars” (Job’s “counselors”).

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