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Autism Ontario Workshop: Explaining the Diagnosis

2001 University AVE E
Ontario, Canada
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While many children and youth have heard the terms, ASD, Autism or Asperger Syndrome, a significant number struggle to understand what the term truly means and how it affects them as an individual.


Parents often express concerns that telling their child may change the way he views himself and lower his self-esteem. However, the opposite seems to be true. Even having a basic understanding of ASD generally reduces the child’s fears and self-blame and can help him better understand and accept himself. It also opens the door for the child to learn strategies to cope more successfully with the challenges he faces.

Topics will include:

  • Why tell?
  • Consideration of your child’s emotional and developmental age
  • The timing on when to tell
  • How to begin the conversation
  • Different ways of thinking vs disability
  • You are not alone
  • Strengths and passions
  • Challenges
  • Family members to include in the conversation

This is intended to be an interactive workshop. A variety of modalities will be used to help explain the ASD diagnosis which includes books, videos and discussions.


Click here for more information or to register.


Name: Autism Ontario Workshop: Explaining the Diagnosis
Price: Free
Address: 2001 University AVE E
Ontario, Canada
Date: Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Categories: Community Event