Prognosis/the future

At the point of diagnosis, most families want to know what the future holds for their child and what the diagnosis means long term. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict how quickly a child will develop and which areas are going to prove to be their strengths and challenges.

Parents should know that they are in a good position to help their child, simply by knowing their strengths, interests and challenges. Any support that parents can provide in the areas of communication, interaction and developing and using special interests and talents will help.  By developing a good understanding of these areas, parents will be able to identify goals to work on and provide teachers and therapists with information about what has helped in the past, leading to more success in the future.