We’re in the family room today talking about how to tell your child, family and friends about your child’s autism diagnosis. This is a topic filled with lots of considerations and a place where many parents get stuck.
In this episode you will discover:
- The reasons why it’s difficult to “come out” about having a child with autism.
- The fears and concerns surrounding others knowing about the diagnosis.
- What could happen if you keep the diagnosis from your child.
- The benefits of disclosing your child’s issues to them.
- What parents who have been there have to say.
Mentioned on the podcast:
Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page
Autism Blueprint Mastermind Group: Online support for autism parents.
More info about the benefits of having your child diagnosed in this episode #37.
Reminders about sharing your child’s diagnosis:
- It is not your responsibility to manage your family’s response.
- You will discover who you can share openly with and with whom you will need to limit details.
- Don’t forget to be respectful to your child and their privacy when sharing videos or info in order to help others understand.
- Google “children’s books about autism” for stories you can share with your child.
- Seek the help of a counselor who can help you navigate grief, healthy boundaries and dealing with difficult or intrusive family members and friends.
- There is no “right way” to do this.