Learning about autism spectrum disorders is a bit like learning an unfamiliar language. It is a new world, and the customs and behaviors may seem foreign. From the moment you receive the diagnosis, everything changes. In all likelihood, as a mom or dad, this will not be the parenting experience you had dreamed about. There will be pitfalls and disappointments along the way. However, the good news is that this world can be navigated successfully, and it can be the beginning of something different, full of adventure and the pride of great accomplishment.