We recently shared an article on practical preparations for being a caregiver to an aging loved one.
What if very early diagnosis says that your newborn is living with autism?
New research suggests that autism can be detected in the first year of life by brain scan, rather than waiting on traditional behavior observations in the second year. (Here’s a news summary of the scientific article).(Here’s a news summary of the scientific article).
A suggestion: if this pans out, absorb the early shock and then start setting up your support systems. It is an early and useful opportunity to get your care giving resources and your life in position before the major behavioral issues emerge – while your child is still dependent like a typical baby.