Telling a Child He or She Has Autism

Before discussing, think about time and place

  • You can involve another family member in the conversation if your child is comfortable around them and they can help if you need it.
  • You should choose a moment when you and your child are in a tranquil state and not before they are going to school or before bedtime. 
  • You should talk to your child in a safe and familiar place that provides you both with warmth and comfort. Home is generally the best place. 
  • You should start off the conversation by talking to your child about their strengths and work your way to examples about their perceived differences at which point you can mention the meaning of the word ‘autism.’