The First Thing You Need to do After your Child Receives an Autism Diagnosis

Like most of my posts, this one stems from what I  wish someone had told me.  When my son was diagnosed with autism we had already known for almost a year.  That’s how long the waiting list was to get an appointment.  So in that time I had done the google searches, read all about the symptoms and signs your child might have autism, and of course, found every excuse why he definitely didn’t have autism.  I was in denial for so long, afraid to admit it, but deep inside I knew.  I was heartbroken, confused, maybe even a little angry and I’ll talk about those feelings in another post.

Right now I want to tell you something so simple and basic maybe you already know but, like me, you need to be reminded.

The first thing you need to do is find scriptures to stand on.  The Word of God is our instruction manual for this life, it has the answers we need!  Find out what God has to say about this.  Now you also probably know that the word autism is not in the Bible.  There are no accounts of Jesus healing a boy who was flapping his hands. 🙂 So what verse then?

I asked God in prayer what I should stand on and what I should pray for my son.  I had already come to the conclusion that my son has amazing gifts and some of them were directly related to autism. So how do you pray against something that has good to it?  Was it wrong to want him to keep the good parts and for God to heal the areas that are a struggle?  I really didn’t know what I should pray.  So I asked God to show me if that was right.  If it was ok for him to keep the good and pray the behaviors would stop.   The Lord showed me the verse “With God Nothing is Impossible” Luke 1:37

We had a guest minister come to our church and he called people up to have hands laid on them and I went up.  He said this: ” Lord I thank you that you’re granting her requests.  It’s not too far-fetched, It’s not beyond the scope of God, It’s not beyond what you should ask for.  You asked in faith, believing you received, the word of the Lord said you shall have.  So begin to expect it, hallelujah.  Give God praise for it, for it is already here in the name of Jesus.”

That was confirmation for me. So I stand on that, Nothing is impossible with God.  It’s possible for him to keep the intense focus, his ability to work on something without tiring, his lack of concern over what is cool and popular, his ability to see things in ways most can’t, his incredible memory…    And one by one all the difficulties and behaviors that hinder him are dropping off.

The second verse that I got is this

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.    – John 9:1-3

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

I felt like it was my fault or that I did something wrong to cause my son to be born like this.  This chapter in the book of John gives me so much hope.  My son’s life is to bring God glory.  Our testimony of him overcoming because of our faith is going to help others and bring them to a relationship with Christ.

Doctors are awesome. I thank God for giving them the wisdom to know what’s wrong and how to fix it but most of them don’t know God for themselves.  Most will tell you that there is no cure for autism but that’s not the final authority on the matter.  Find out what God has to say.  Speak life and truth over your child.  Find your own verses to stand on or use mine till God reveals something just for you.  Get to church every time you can because that is where He will speak to you and confirm what He’s said.

This isn’t some big secret or earth-shattering revelation, but it’s so important.  This is something I need to be reminded of constantly.  Jesus is the first place you need to turn to.  Not Google or WebMD or family or friends.  It’s God and His word you need more than anything.

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