Behavioral Health Agency in Forest Hills

How to Talk to Your Child About Autism

July 26, 2023

Talking to your child about autism can be a sensitive and important conversation. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication and social interaction, and discussing it with your child can help them understand themselves or a sibling better and foster empathy and acceptance. 

Be honest and age-appropriate. Use simple language that your child can understand. Here are some tips on how to approach this conversation in a supportive and informative manner.

  • Explain that autism is a condition that affects how people communicate and interact with others.
  • Talk about the strengths and challenges that people with autism face.
  • Reassure your child that they are loved and supported.
  • Answer any questions your child has about autism.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about autism.
  • Provide positive role models for your child.
  • Help your child to connect with other children with autism.
  • Promote understanding and acceptance of autism in your child's community.

Remember that every child is unique, and their understanding of autism may evolve over time. Be patient, open, and ready to adapt your approach as your child grows and learns more about themselves and others. By having these conversations, you are helping to create a more inclusive and compassionate world for individuals with autism.

It is important to remember that every child with autism is different. Some children may have more challenges than others. Tailoring your discussion to your child's needs and understanding is important.

If you have any concerns about how to talk to your child about autism, please talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They can provide you with more specific guidance and support.

Achievement Behavior Services

Boutique agency since 2015

Achievement Behavior Services is a boutique agency providing quality individualized applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children on the autism spectrum. Established in 2015 ABS is licensed and trained ABA therapists implement behavioral therapy methods in the child’s environment to improve social, behavioral and adaptive skills.

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