The National Autistic Society (UK) has some great advice for deciding when to explain to your child they are autistic and how to do it:
They also recommend some books to help you. I like:
I Have Autism... What's That?
and this next book is useful for explaining to a sibling that their brother or sister has autism:
My Brother is Different: A Book for Young Children Who Have a Brother or Sister with Autism
Carol Gray at the Gray Centre has also produced a workbook for children with autism, so that they can learn about their individuality. This workbook incorporates the use of social stories.
How and when to explain to your child that they have Autism
Advice from National Autistic Society
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