FAQs

What does it mean to be “On the Spectrum”?

Autism spectrum disorder is a general term used to describe a group of complex disorders of brain development. For those on the autism spectrum, these disorders are characterized in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

How do I deal with this diagnosis?

Learning that your child has autism spectrum disorder can be painfully emotional, confusing and deeply challenging. Although difficult, you are not alone. Autism Speaks has developed the 100 Day Tool Kit, to help families navigate the often-tumultuous first 100 days after a child’s diagnosis. Download a free copy here: https://bit.ly/2plZQbv

My child has just been diagnosed, how do I get him/her the help and support s/he needs?

There are several resources that provide support and guidance after a diagnosis. Recommended courses of action include:

  • Contacting your local county or statewide Regional Center office
  • Seeking evidence-based intervention
  • Joining an autism support group to learn from other parents
  • Talking to your healthcare provider for professional guidance

For further assistance and information on any of the above, please email us at contactus@joshuasgift.org.

I have a family member on the autism spectrum, how can s/he utilize your services?

Joshua’s Gift welcomes families affected by autism regardless of age. By covering the cost of social events such as theatre outings and arts and crafts, we provide families with a safe and inclusive community to experience activities that might be otherwise inaccessible. Sign-ups for events are at a first come, first served basis.