Rain Newbold-Coco, adjunct professor, Argosy University, Online Programs, was recently quoted in U.S. News & World Report about when and how a parent should talk to a child about the child’s autism.
Newbold-Coco is a board certified behavior analyst and a mother of a four-year-old with autism. She first talked to her son about his autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when he was three. “You want to be cautious you don’t have this catastrophizing tone, because the child may start to internalize that something is wrong with him or her,” she says. “Your approach should depend on your relationship with your child. If you have a light, bantering style of communicating, that may be the way to go. Open it up for questions.”
Newbold-Coco suggests that parents take advantage of available ASD resources. When talking with her son, she utilized a “Sesame Street” storybook about Julia, a character with autism. She also used videos to help him better conceptualize the condition. “My child is an auditory and visual learner,” Newbold-Coco explains.”
She also recommends the illustrated book "I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism.” The child-focused book helped her son understand his autism, she says.
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