Telling your child their diagnosis can be a difficult task, and one that many parents are unsure how to approach. There is no ‘right’ approach, but here are some tips that may be useful:
- timing is critical- do not rush yourself.
- ensure that you have sufficient information to answer any questions that may arise.
- trust your instincts- you are an expert on your child and will have an idea how they might react.
- be patient- some children take longer to understand than others.
- a small amount of information may be better for younger children.
- it can be useful to focus on the strengths of AS (dedication, information retention, intelligence, sense of humour).
- it may seem obvious, but it is useful to emphasise that the child is the same as they always were and the diagnosis is merely more information.
- some teens and adults may be upset by this. Patience is key, open the channels of communication and ensure they get the right information.
Remember: Many teens and adults tell us that they are relieved by the diagnosis as they were aware of their difference in thinking, but did not know the reason.
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