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Parent Advice Videos are questions asked and answered by parents across Canada. This project was created and developed by Canadian parents from the autism community.

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How do I support meaningful communication in my child's journey to independence?

Is early intervention important?

If I know my child is Autistic, do I really need a formal diagnosis? Do they need it?

As parents, how do we deal with feeling that we are failing our children?

I am so overwhelmed and exhausted; What can I do to keep going?

What is respite? Do I need it?

What challenges may we face as a family, and how can I support my child in the challenges they may encounter?

How can I help my Autistic child be authentic to themselves and take part in the world around them?

How do I deal with challenging or unexpected public interactions when out with my child?

Will my child ever be independent? What can I do now to help my child build independence?

Should I be worried if my child doesn't want or have any friends?

How do I explain and support the body changes through puberty?

How do I help my child find interests, an area of study, or a career path?

How can I know if I am supporting my child or expecting too much?

How can I know when or if we should leave our current school?

Will my child ever be able to self-regulate or find good coping strategies? How do I support this?

What sort of therapy should we do? How do we decide?

How do I support and advocate for my child in the medical model while maintaining our culture and values?

How do I set priorities when choosing therapy or interventions for my child?

Once we have an autism diagnosis, how do we decide what to do next?

How can I respond when someone doesn't believe my child is Autistic?

Should I disclose my child's diagnosis when meeting new people or registering for camps or groups?

If and how can I explain my child's diagnosis to friends and relatives?

When and how do I tell my child they are Autistic?

How do I decide what kind of schooling to do with my child?

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