“100 Day Kit” offers Help for Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism

October 11, 2016
Learning that a child has been diagnosed with autism can shake a family to its core. In addition to the complex emotions that arise with a diagnosis, families are often unsure about next steps. Who should they talk to? What options do they have? What should they do next?

Autism affects more than 2 million people in the U.S., and statistics show that the prevalence has grown in recent years. At PROaupair, approximately 70% of our host families have children with special needs, the majority being on the autism spectrum.

In 2008 (updated in 2011), Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, created the “100 day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children.” The kit was created specifically for families with children ages 4 and under to help guide them during the first 100 days following an autism diagnosis.

The 100+ page kit is free to download online and includes sections such as “Causes and Symptoms,” “How is Autism Treated,” “Getting Your Child Services,” and “A Week by Week Plan for the Next 100 Days.”

If you or someone you love has recently had a child diagnosed with autism, consider downloading and reading the kit.

To download the 100 Day Kit from Autism Speaks follow the below link:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit