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Discussing Concerns with Family Members

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The face of one woman is shown from the front between two other women shown from behind.It is natural to be unsure of how to share your concerns with family members. As is the case with many concerned family members, you may worry that such a discussion will not be well received. You may fear that it can cause some discomfort or tension in your relationship. If autism is a possibility, you would not want to delay screening which could result in a referral for an evaluation and services. Waiting may waste valuable time during which intervention can be most beneficial for your grandson. Even knowing that better outcomes can come from early diagnosis and intensive intervention, it still may be difficult to talk to your family members about your concerns.

This article provides guidance for how to speak with parents when there are concerns that their child may have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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