For many people, telling people that they have autism can be difficult. This is why we have put together this short guide for you. We want to show you that, while there is a bit of effort involved, most of the people you talk to are going to be understanding.
Make Sure You Know the Person Well
It is important that you know the person well before you tell them that you have autism. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, you are going to get an idea of how they will react. These people will also know you, which means that they are unlikely to think that the diagnosis will change you. The second benefit is that you are going to find it far easier to tell them as you will be comfortable around them.
Think About You Are Going to Tell Them
We know that telling somebody that you are suffering from autism can be difficult. This is why we suggest that you come up with a little ‘script’ about what you want to say. You do not have to stick to this script, but it is going to give you a few pointers.
Tell them about your autism and why it has an impact on who you are as a person. Try to be as accurate as possible. Many people do not understand exactly what autism is, and now is a time to give them the information that they need.
You will need to be prepared for them to ask a few questions, so make sure that you research autism before you meet them. It is going to make your life a whole lot easier!
Tell Them in a Quiet Place
This is not a major thing. However, many people will find that having this type of discussion in a private location is going to be much easier on them. It means that you can actually have a nice, long chat about things. Try to tell them at the right time too. For example, the last thing you really want to be doing is telling somebody that you have autism when they are getting ready to go out. You can’t have a conversation when you go down that route!
The person who you are talking to could be the nicest person in the world. However, it is likely that they are going to be ignorant about autism to some degree. You, therefore, are going to want to be able to deal with this. Be patient. These people do not mean to hurt you. Some people may not even accept the information that you are giving them right away. This is fine. Give them time. If they care about you, and we are sure that they do care about you, then they will eventually come back and help you get through the situation.
Honestly, as hard as it can be, telling somebody you have autism will take a massive burden off your head.