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10 Questions To Ask and Not Ask Parents Of Children with Autism

These parents are playing with their kids

People who don’t have firsthand experience with children on the spectrum often mean well, but their actions and words may come across as insensitive. 

Parents have enough on their plate taking care of their special needs children, the last thing they need is to get hurt or upset by someone who misspoke.

If you know a parent affected by autism and want to offer support, here are ways you should and shouldn’t ask about their child.

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What Is Mild Autism In Children?

People often have only one specific idea of what they think autism looks like and it’s usually the severe kind. They think it’s having little to no social or communication skills. Or it could be an inability to make eye contact, and a hypersensitivity to sounds and change. 

 

To these people, having autism automatically means you can never live a full life and you will always need someone else to care for you.

 

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What Autism Parents Wish You Knew

What is autism?

Autism Speaks sums it up so succinctly. 

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.” 

Read more of their explanation here at this link.
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