AUTISM

AUTISM

June 3, 2012

How to Tell a Child They Have Autism Spectrum Disorder



How and when do you tell a child about their diagnosis of ASD? Is there a right age? How do you know when the child is ready to hear the information? These are frequently asked questions around helping a child understand they have ASD. It is recommended not to start this process before the age of 7. 

Children under that age generally don’t have enough understanding to grasp what autism is all about. When parents feel anxious about wanting to talk to their young child about autism, I usually suggest they begin with celebrating differences and building positive self-esteem. A couple ... more »

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