Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as how can families share with extended family members what autism means
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Host: How can families share with extended family members, what autism means? Peggy Halliday: I think it is very helpful just to be honest. Tell your extended family member what a day in your life is like. Let them know about sleep deprivation if you have a child who suffers from sleep disorder and how tiring is that for you, year after year after year not to get a full night sleep. Tell them about what it s like to go to the grocery store and have your child fall down on the floor tantruming and have every one in the store looking at you like you are a bad parent because they of course, don t know that this is a child with autism. Tell them about what you need to do to educate your child so, that they can be part of that education process and they can learn how to teach the child in the intensive way that they need to be taught. I would be just be very open and honest and ask for help from your family members because most of the time they are willing to give the help they just may not know exactly what you need?