PO039: Life-Changing News: Strategies for Explaining Autism Diagnoses to Parents


The purpose of this presentation is to synthesize literature about parental reactions to their children’s recent diagnoses of Autism. The summary of literature reviews and empirical studies will delineate the different emotional responses, coping strategies, and protective factors. The summary will address the large personal variations of parental reactions. Additionally, the summary will include a list of strategies for initially informing and explaining Autism diagnoses to parents.


Rachel L. German, Ball State University, Muncie, IN