I think the most important thing to remember when you are talking to parents of children with autism is that they want you to understand their child. Most of us are willing to explain how autism affects our families and are happy to answer your questions. What we don’t want are platitudes or assumptions.
If someone tells you his child has autism, ask how the child is doing. Ask what he is like. Remember that he is someone’s very loved child.
Maybe more important than your initial response is your follow up. Listen to what the parent tells you. Really hear what they are saying. Maybe they are telling you that their child is amazing, but has some extra challenges. Maybe they are telling you that the stresses of their special needs family has pushed them almost over the edge.
Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/autism-unexpected/2011/jul/13/what-say-parents-children-autism/#ixzz2MkrHBQKQ
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