By Raelene Dundon
Telling your child about their autism diagnosis can be daunting. Will
they be better off for knowing? What's the right way to tell them?
Should you inform anyone else too?
As a mother of two children on the spectrum, with
over ten years' experience as a psychologist specialising in childhood
autism, Raelene Dundon has all the tips you'll need. In this concise
book, she sets out case studies, examples and resources that will equip
you to make your own informed choices and help your whole family to live
well with autism. Part One provides ways to tell children of different
ages and development levels about their diagnosis, including
photocopiable and downloadable worksheets designed to help diagnosed
children understand autism, and gives advice on what to do if they react
in a negative or unexpected way to the news. Part Two explores the pros
and cons of sharing the diagnosis with others, including family,
friends, school staff and your child's classmates, and guides you
through what to do if others don't understand or accept the diagnosis.