Be sure to ask the family about the language they prefer, for example: “Do you prefer to say “child with autism” or “Autistic child”?
Make it a priority to discuss topics like wandering and elopement– or any other safety concerns you or the family might have- so that everyone is aware of the risks and can work together to find solutions. Studies have shown that caregivers often do not engage in conversations about wandering/elopement or health and safety simply because they assume someone else already had that discussion. It is your responsibility to ensure a child’s safety in your classroom, so do not be afraid to ask questions or shy away from difficult conversations.
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