It seems like such a simple topic, but it can be anxiety-provoking and even distressing for a parent to think about telling their child they are neurodivergent.
As a caregiver, we want to do just that - care for our children in a supportive way. We want our children to feel safe and comfortable in being themselves and to have that freedom to express their needs, likes, and dislikes. We also want to be there to guide them when needed.
Some tips to tell our children their way of thinking and experiencing the world might be different, but not wrong, are:
1. Celebrate their interests - We need to help our children to see that they are not alone and that there are others out there that share their interests.
2. Have a chat about differences in people - In today’s world, we have access to amazing neurodivergent advocates that speak about their lived experiences. Some of these videos might be great to show your child during the chat.
3. Advocate their needs - When you notice your child is struggling in a specific situation or social setting, ask them to let you know - in whichever way they feel comfortable.
Check out this week's video guide "How to tell your child they are neurodivergent".
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Thinking about telling your child they are neurodivergent can bring about many different feelings. Perhaps you feel really nervous, or even scared. Perhaps you are angry because your child has to face so many challenges. Or perhaps you are even a bit excited for them to finally have some answers to their questions. Keep track of your own feelings in the Tracto journal so that you don't burden your child with your own emotions. It'll be okay xx
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