Talking to your Child about their Diagnosis: A Journey of Discovery as a Parent and Psychologist

Raelene Dundon

Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology

Raelene is the Director of Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology in Melbourne. She is a registered Psychologist and holds a Masters Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Raelene is also the author of the “Max and Barnaby” book series, which was created to support the development of skills in social interaction and emotional regulation in preschool and primary school aged children. Raelene has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, providing educational, social/emotional and behavioural support. Raelene is also the mother of three children, two of whom are on the Autism Spectrum, and draws on both her personal and professional experience to provide support and guidance to families and carers.


Background Making the decision to tell your child about their diagnosis of ASD is a daunting one for many parents: When is the right time? How do you tell them? How will they react? What if they get upset? Should they tell... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Raelene Dundon (Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology)

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