I remember sitting in the neurologist's office hearing her ask, "Have you heard of PDD?". Everything inside froze, even though I had suspected my 17 month-old son was in the Autism Spectrum. The following diagnosis of SPD caught me totally unaware. I had never heard of it. It was hard having our suspicions confirmed with his initial diagnosis. We're still not real sure where he will ultimately fall in the Autism Spectrum. We will need to wait a few more years and see how much his speech and everything else develops. Our SLP has recently told us that our son, Rob, is "verbal but not functional."
If your child has just received a diagnosis, you may not know what to do or where to go. We didn't. We had a hard time finding resources in our area, too.
We want to provide you with some websites that can point you in the right direction.
Autism Speaks First 100 Days Tool Kit
Autism Speaks Family Services Webpage
Interactive Autism Network: Newly Diagnosed
About.com: Children with Special Needs-First Five Things to do After You Are Diagnosed
Autism Resources by State
Autism Speaks Resource Guide
We hope this helps you. If anyone knows of any other resource websites, please contact us. Have a great day!