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If only having tough conversations with parents came with an instruction manual. 


REAL TALK: Talking to parents about an Autism assessment or Autism Diagnosis is HARD. 


Maybe you are still learning how to be a Neurodiversity positive therapist and are worried you will say something wrong.


Maybe you feel anxious having these conversations because you are worried parents will ask a question that you don’t know the answer to.


Maybe you feel guilty that your schedule does not allow you to spend several hours talking directly to the parent- that you know they deserve.


So, maybe you are feeling like you aren’t supporting your families in the way you should, OR are working countless hours after your workday that leaves you feeling like either a bad therapist or guilty for missing family time. But here’s the thing: You are not a bad therapist and you shouldn’t have to work outside of your workday in order to feel successful at work. 


The point is, needing a go-to Autism Handbook to support parents at this time is totally reasonable - and I have them all here and ready for you to print and go! 

The Handbook is a 56 page pdf.


Topics include:

  • Autism Referral Form: School Age
  • Autism Referral Form: Preschool
  • A Letter to Caregivers
  • What is Autism?
  • The Autism spectrum
  • Neurodiversity
  • These Characteristics Describe Me
  • The strengths in Autism
  • Medical Model vs Social Model of Disability
  • Reframing Thoughts about Autism
  • Identity First or Person First Language?
  • Is Getting an Autism Evaluation Important?
  • How to Get an Autism Evaluation
  • Educational Eligibility vs Medical Diagnosis
  • What to Expect in an Autism Evaluation
  • Autism Levels
  • Ideal Age for Evaluation 
  • I Was Told to Wait to Get an Evaluation 
  • These Characteristics are Age Appropriate
  • Why are so Many People Diagnosed Later in Life?
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Second Opinions
  • It Can’t be Autism, Because They Can….
  • Services Available in the U.S. (Early Intervention and Public Schools)
  • Common Classroom Accommodations
  • Common Home Accommodations
  • Autism Glossary
  • Therapies to Consider
  • Considerations for Choosing Therapies 
  • ABA (What is ABA & Controversy)
  • Autism and Social Skills
  • Stimming
  • Masking
  • Autism in Girls
  • Differences in Autism and Other Similar Diagnosis (ADHD, SPD, Language delay)
  • Should I Tell My Child About Their Diagnosis?
  • Parent Feelings
  • Autism FAQ
  • Speech and Language FAQ
  • Additional Resources
  • A Message from Autistic Adults
  • A Letter to Teachers (From Therapists, From Parent, and Open Ended Form) 


Terms of Use: This license allows professionals to share with clients and their families as well as teachers if in the school setting. Parents can purchase this product to share with teachers and therapists. You can print to share with your caseload an unlimited number of times, and can screen shot pages to send electronically (although you may not send the full product electronically). 


*When you purchase, you will have a link to download that will be open for 30 days. Please download immediately after purchase and save to your computer so you don't forget* 

Autism Handbook

    • Do you have several therapists in your practice who will be using the handbook?
    • Are you a school district looking to offer a great resource to your staff and families?


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