Having a teacher, relative or doctor tell you that your child may have special needs can be unnerving. The process of figuring out what to do is even more daunting. Amidst the worries and anxiety, you know that you have to take action. But where do you start? What do you do?

Having seen many parents go through the process, we have tried come up with a de-cluttered guide to help give an overview of the big picture and broke it down into smaller steps.

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Be sure to keep communication open and consistent between specialist, experts, teachers and caregivers so that everyone is working together to achieve common goals.

A very wise parent cautioned us to tell new parents, "Don't go down the path of denial, the earlier it is detected, the better it is for your child." Early intervention is key! So the earlier the better.

We hope this helps. For a list of psychologists, therapists, centers, government facilities and NGOs in Penang, please click here Special Needs Services in Penang .

Below is also a good place to learn about the different treatments and therapies available for Autism.

Autism Speaks Treatments and Therapies

Remember there is so much we can learn from one another and learn through the process of nurturing a child with special needs. So connect with someone who has walked this path before and support one another.

Let's learn together,

Eileen.