New Diagnosis Information

Parents feel many different things when they first learn their child has autism.  You may be scared, upset, curious, confused, overwhelmed, or all of the above (or none of the above).  At TAP we think the best way we can support parents is by providing you with information, support, and connecting you with community resources so, take a breath, and know that you’re not alone.

We have some basic suggestions for what to do now that you’ve received an autism diagnosis (if you’re looking for information on how to get a diagnosis click here).

  1. Make an appointment for a new diagnosis training.  There’s a lot of great information to read online, but nothing can replace meeting with someone face-to-face.  This is a free service offered by the The Autism Program.
  2. Download the First 100 days from Autism Speaks.  This is a free, online book that has tons of information for when you first get diagnosed.
  3. Start learning more about autism.  The CDC, Autism Speaks, and Autism Now are great places to start getting information.  Of course, we’ve got some great information on our website too!
  4. Meet other parents and start getting support.  There are several area support groups but there are online parent and advocate groups too.

2 thoughts on “New Diagnosis Information

  1. NEW DIAGNOSIS Family Orientation Program – Free

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    6:30 – 8:00 PM

    A one session, multi family group program designed to

    provide introductory information about Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Christopher Hall – Studio Room

    904 W Nevada – Urbana, IL

    Focus: The program is designed to assist parents, extended family, and friends. It is the first step in the family’s journey to create optimum growth, independence, and joy for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program seeks to provide families a solid grounding from which to begin their journey to care for, teach, and support their child with ASD.


    To register, contact: Linda Tortorelli, Coordinator

    The Autism Program UIUC – (217) 244-0928 OR


    Future groups will be offered whenever several families express a need.


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