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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i can tell my parents that i think i have autism?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Why do you ask?: If you're here at healthtap, chances are you recognize features of high-functioning autism in yourself. Good for you. Many consider it a gift. You can focus on academic pursuits, and reading people's feelings and learning to talk with them can be learned. Say only nice things, find a strength or endurance sport that requires little coordination, enjoy being you, and what's there to talk about?
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Dr. Diane Stein
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pediatric Neurology 31 years experience
Oppurtunity to help: I generally ask some of the screening questions. When they agree to these I let them know that I think we have found an opportunity to help. I point out first that starting help soon we give the child a better chance of learning to be social and to do great in relationships and/or school... I refer them and suggest school help. If disbelief I show criteria met by their admission.
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Last updated Oct 22, 2016

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