As your child gets older, she may read reports or hear the word autism in reference to her. Some children are aware of their diagnosis, but some are not aware, and the parents may worry that their children will become upset when they find out they have autism.

This is a valid concern, and it is better if your child is told about his diagnosis by you in a safe and supportive environment rather than on paper or through conversations with others.

A conversation with you about your child’s diagnosis will provide an opportunity for your child to ask questions and share her feelings and concerns. It will also give you an opportunity to provide support or decide what types of supports are needed to help your child process the diagnosis.

Many individuals with ASD have said that it was helpful to learn they were on the autism spectrum. The...

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