Newly diagnosed with autism: things to help
Give yourself time
People react to a diagnosis of autism in different ways.
For some, it's a relief to find out why they or their child think, feel and act the way they do. For others, it can be a shock.
Try to give yourself time to come to terms with the diagnosis.
- help and support is available
- even if things are hard now, they can get better
- you or your child are still the same person as before
- autism is not an illness or disease with treatments or a "cure"
- autistic people have things they're good at as well as things they need help with
Find help and support services
You might feel alone when you or your child are first diagnosed.
But there are places you can get support.
You can get help from:
- local support groups
- national charities
- other autistic people or parents on social media and forums
- your school, college or workplace
- your local council
- your GP or the autism assessment team that diagnosed you
Find out about support you can get if you're autistic
Listen to other people's stories
Some people find it helpful to find out about other people's stories of autism.
The charity healthtalk.org has stories from autistic people and parents of autistic children
You could also search online for autism blogs, videos or books.
Remember, autism is different for everyone. What happened to other people might not be the same for you or your child.
Look out for other health problems
Autism is not an illness. But many autistic people also have other conditions.
These are not always checked for during an autism assessment.
See a GP if you have any concerns about your or your child's health. They can help you get any extra care you need.
Find out about other conditions that affect autistic people
Find out more about autism
It might help you and your family to find out more about autism.
There can be quite a lot to take in. You do not have to read everything.
You can get trusted information from:
- the NHS – for information about what autism is and advice on autism and everyday life
- National Autistic Society – for autistic children and adults, parents and carers
- Ambitious about Autism – for autistic children and young people, and their families
Page last reviewed: 28 October 2022
Next review due: 28 October 2025