When it comes to autism, talking to your child about it can be challenging.
Here’s what to expect.
Talk to them face-to-face The first thing you need to do is talk to them by face- to-face.
This can be a real challenge for autistic people, but they’re really good at it.
Ask them about their favourite things and favourite places.
“You’re just trying to figure out what’s really upsetting,” says Deborah Burch, a pediatrician and author of The Autism Guide to Child-to/Child Relationships.
“What’s the one thing that’s upsetting you?
Are you worried about your parents?
What do you feel is wrong with them?”
They’re also better at talking about what they love and what they don’t.
“If they’re talking about the outdoors, that’s a good one to start with,” says Burch.
“They’ll probably be more interested in the people around them.”
You may also want to talk about things that seem weird or unusual to your children.
“That’s a great way to open up the conversation,” says Schleifer.
“And maybe you’ll be able to get to a point where they understand that it’s not just something that’s going on inside their head.
You need to get into their head.”
And that can be difficult for parents who don’t speak a lot.
“I think people with autism are not able to talk through their emotions,” says Debra Luevano, a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and author