Telling your child that they are autistic, can be a huge worry for parents, as you may not know how or when to tell them, or how they might react.
They will find out at some point, so how do you do it? This process needs to be considered thoughtfully, to go as smoothly as possible.
Adults who were not told by their parents that they were autistic as a child have said that it has had a detrimental impact on them - perhaps thinking they were different, but not having an explanation for it, or understanding why they were struggling.
For an autistic child understanding why they are different, and that being different is okay, even something to celebrate, can be enlightening and give them the motivation to drive through challenges and learn about different ways of doing things to make life easier and more enjoyable for them.
Here’s a few conversation starters:
As you child gets older, keep the conversation going and encourage your child to learn more about their diagnosis as they develop the skills to be able to do this. Encourage them to interact with other autistics through NAS or Facebook groups, and provide books, videos, and developmentally appropriate resources that they can use to develop an understanding of and embrace being autistic.
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