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Talking to Your Child about Autism: When, Why and How

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Tom Iland

Tom presenting for the San Joaquin County Office of Education

When, why and how should parents explain autism to their child? Many parents worry about this. This presentation examines why autism should not be kept a secret from the person who has it.

Tom shares “Tom’s Tips for Telling,” steps to help individuals with autism understand their strengths and challenges. He addresses when the time might be right for the discussion. He also explores how to share information about ASD with siblings and classmates to create greater acceptance and support.

ABSTRACT

When, why and how should parents talk to their child or teen about their disability? Many parents worry about this and are not sure what to do. Educators and others wonder what they can do to help. This presentation examines reasons why it is important to be open about a person’s strengths and challenges, and not keep autism a secret from the person who has it.

Tom shares “Tom’s Tips for Telling,” steps to help individuals with autism understand their strengths and challenges. He addresses when the time might be right for the discussion. Tom also explores how to share information about ASD with siblings and classmates to create greater acceptance and support.

Participants will:

  1. Understand why people with autism need to know about their condition or special needs
  2. Consider different options for “telling” their child or help students become self-aware
  3. Reflect on when the time is right to tell the child/teen
  4. Recognize the need to share information with siblings, classmates and other peers
  5. Decide on ways to share information with siblings, classmates and other peers, including collaborating with others to create greater support
  6. Explore the connection between self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, especially critical as youth with ASD become adults

Other topics include:

  • Growing Up with Autism: What I’ve Learned Along the Way
  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Autism
  • What Matters Most: Transition Planning and Meaningful Preparation for Life
  • Making Work Work for Individuals with ASD: The Secrets No One Else is Telling You
  • What to Know Before You Go:  Insider Secrets to Prepare for Community College or University Life
  • Romance, Relationships and ASD: Lessons from the Heart
  • BE SAFE: How to Interact Safely with Police

I can customize any topic you need. Contact me for fee schedule and availability at tom@thomasiland.com

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