Newly diagnosed son, worried parent

Hi, my 4 year old son was diagnosed recently. My son uses some single words and learnt phrases but can not have a conversation. He does not have issues with sleep or routine, but does have repetitive behaviours, such as saying the same words. He likes other kids and will attempt to join in with active play games but because of his language delays struggles to maintain interact with them. I am very lucky as he is a very gentle and happy child who shows a lot of love. 

If I am honest I suspected my son had autism from before he was two but I couldn’t bring myself to accept. When we finally got a diagnosis to be honest I actually feel like I have gone into a further denial but at night when I am alone my fears about his future, what to expect, will he make friends, will he be able to talk etc came flooding back and I cry for hours. I don’t know what to do. We are currently in the process of getting an EHCP to get him into a specialist unit but again this scares me as I know in my heart it is what is best for him but I can’t help but feel sad about it at the same time. I feel guilty for feeling that way. My husband and I are really struggling coming to turns with the diagnosis. 

I would love some advice from parents who have been through this before. 


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