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Nurse just called to set up appointment for my daughter. How do I tell her she might have autism spectrum disorder and needs to see doctor?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on her age.

Generally, telling your daughter that she will see the doctor to find out how to help her be the best person she can be is enough.
Depending on her age and symptoms, you can mention that the doctor can help to find out why these issues are occurring and see what to do to help.

In brief: Depends on her age.

Generally, telling your daughter that she will see the doctor to find out how to help her be the best person she can be is enough.
Depending on her age and symptoms, you can mention that the doctor can help to find out why these issues are occurring and see what to do to help.
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Simple is better

If your child is like most at this juncture, she will not understand elaborate explanations so describing a simple concern is best.
If her issues result in classroom problems, or the teachers have asked you to set up the visit, tell her so.A simple, we want to see if there are ways to help you in the classroom is true and specific.Adults anticipate long term worries kids aren't able to grasp.

In brief: Simple is better

If your child is like most at this juncture, she will not understand elaborate explanations so describing a simple concern is best.
If her issues result in classroom problems, or the teachers have asked you to set up the visit, tell her so.A simple, we want to see if there are ways to help you in the classroom is true and specific.Adults anticipate long term worries kids aren't able to grasp.
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Just like you said.

You can just say what you said here to the nurse.
You might want to do some research first about the behaviors or autism so when you meet with the doctor you can explain why you think this is the case. Your local doctor might not feel comfortable making this diagnosis, and may want your daughter to see somebody who specializes in making this diagnosis.

In brief: Just like you said.

You can just say what you said here to the nurse.
You might want to do some research first about the behaviors or autism so when you meet with the doctor you can explain why you think this is the case. Your local doctor might not feel comfortable making this diagnosis, and may want your daughter to see somebody who specializes in making this diagnosis.
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