To make what you discuss with your child meaningful, you can begin by talking about any questions that s/he has asked. You may want to write down key points and tell him or her that others with this diagnosis/disability also have some of the same questions and experiences.
How do you tell a child they have autism?
One of the ways some parents start a conversation about autism is to talk first about differences. For example, you could write a list of family members’ strengths and weaknesses, then talk about what your child is good at and what they find difficult.
When to tell your child they’re autistic?
Parents will need to consider not just chronological age, but also mental age. A 15 year old with a mental age of 5 will likely not be ready to talk about ASD, while a 12 year old with a normal IQ may be more than ready. If a child is diagnosed very young, there will be more time to decide about disclosure.
What are the 3 main symptoms of autism?
Patterns of Behavior
- Repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping, rocking, jumping, or twirling.
- Constant moving (pacing) and “hyper” behavior.
- Fixations on certain activities or objects.
- Specific routines or rituals (and getting upset when a routine is changed, even slightly)
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound.
How do I talk to my child about autism?
Ask them what they know.
Let them know that they may know more than you do about certain experiences. Let them know that learning about their particular experience of autism is an ongoing journey that you can navigate together. Tell them you are committed to being there along the way.
Should you tell your child they have autism?
There is no exact age or time that is correct to tell a child about their diagnosis. A child’s personality, abilities and social awareness are all factors to consider in determining when a child is ready for information about their diagnosis.
What should you not say to a child with autism?
5 things to NEVER say to someone with Autism:
- “Don’t worry, everyone’s a little Autistic.” No. …
- “You must be like Rainman or something.” Here we go again… not everyone on the spectrum is a genius. …
- “Do you take medication for that?” This breaks my heart every time I hear it. …
- “I have social issues too. …
- “You seem so normal!
What are signs of Aspergers in a 5 year old?
Signs your child may have Asperger’s syndrome include:
- Obsessing over a single interest.
- Craving repetition and routine (and not responding well to change).
- Missing social cues in play and conversation.
- Not making eye contact with peers and adults.
- Not understanding abstract thinking.
Are there any physical signs of autism?
People with autism sometimes may have physical symptoms, including digestive problems such as constipation and sleep problems. Children may have poor coordination of the large muscles used for running and climbing, or the smaller muscles of the hand. About a third of people with autism also have seizures.