This section is for YOU. Whether you are worried about how your baby is growing and developing, or whether your child just got a diagnosis of Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD at any age. The word “Autism” can be scary, particularly if you are not sure what it means, or what it means to you, your child, or other loved one. As your journey begins, the Autism Society of Los Angeles is here for you.
Our website provides the information and resources you need to understand autism and how it affects your loved one. Understanding and accepting your child's condition is an important first step for you and your family. While it may be an emotional process, this understanding prepares you to advocate for your child and find the supports your child and your family may need.
We suggest that you go to our home page and click on the puzzle piece Birth to Age 3, even if your child is over age 3. This section explains the autism spectrum very clearly and can give you some insight into why your child received the diagnosis, if he or she has one. If you are wondering if the diagnosis “fits,” the Birth to Age 3 section provides information that you will want to discuss with a doctor or other professional.
After you read the Birth to Age 3 section, you will want to return to the home page and click on the puzzle piece that matches your child’s current age. Each section provides key information and guidance to help you understand the needs of your child at different ages and stages, through adulthood. Each section also helps parents understand the service "systems" that are relevant at different times in your child’s life, so you can navigate these systems as smoothly and quickly as possible. You may have many questions and we hope these sections will provide answers, resources, and tools to help you and your family members.
If you are an adult diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or think you may have autism, we hope the information on this site will be helpful. You will want to read the section called Adulthood that includes information for adults who are or might be on the autism spectrum.
In the future we will be expanding this “New to Autism” page to include the emotional process of receiving a diagnosis for your child or yourself, and where to find parent support groups, so please check back.
Here is where your journey starts…