13 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Their Autism
An expert shares the dos and don’ts of talking to your child about autism
(Courtesy of Parentmap.com)
Note: This article is primarily geared toward parents of children with a verbal understanding at or above that of a typical 4-year-old, but some of the ideas may be adapted for other children.
TikTok. Playground chatter. Outdated books. Or, heaven forbid hushed adult conversations about fear of the future. As a psychologist, I hear about the many ways kids first learn about their autism. For parents, it’s hard to know where to start, but it’s easy to want to be the one to talk about it. You love your kid, and you want what’s best for them.
I once led a focus group with autistic young men on this topic of learning about a diagnosis of autism. They didn’t agree on everything, but they all emphatically agreed on a few don’ts:
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