How do you explain to your child with #Autism that they have #Autism?



This is a very important topic.  This may or may not apply to you but if it does,  you’ll likely benefit from this #Autism Discussion.

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The question for today is,  have you had to explain to your child with #Autism, that they have #Autism?

If you have,  what did you say? How did it go?



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TinaMarieCrain
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TinaMarieCrain

I have not actually set my boys down and told them but I wanted to know if they knew what autism was so I got out my video camera and here are the results.. .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YJxgWDNYk0&feature=share&list=UUaobfDzzSlqcFCmi1tgVD0Q

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TinaMarieCrain

my boys are 9 and 8 years old

Rob Gorski
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 @TinaMarieCrain @katrinamoody Thanks a lot for sharing your story 🙂

Brianne Lynn
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I am struggling with this right now.  My 6 year old aspie thinks that it is ok to be friends with the aides that watch over recess instead of playing with the other kids.  I am at a loss as to how to explain to him that even though he might prefer adult interaction, he needs to play with kids his own age.  He is not getting the social interaction that he needs at school.  It really breaks my heart 🙁

kat13
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kat13

 @Brianne Lynn My daughter had the same thing. She is 10 now and trying really to find common language with her peers, but it isn't that easy task. She took the social skills class that she found boring, and now we are reading social skills books with her and I try to help her by correcting her all the time and give her as much explanation as I can why certain things important.   This is the first year  where the school pulled the aides away completely (after a gradual decrease in time to promote her independence per our request). Just… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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 @Brianne Lynn Gavin was different. He prefers to play with people younger than he is. 

mumof4wifeof1
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mumof4wifeof1

I blogged about this here: http://mumof4wifeof1.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/telli… I kept it very casual, just dropped it into the conversation, and always portray it as a positive thing that he has aspergers. Has worked well for us

Rob Gorski
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 @mumof4wifeof1 I agree. Keeping it positive is a great way to approach things like this. 

kat13
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kat13

My daughter had always been suspected in autism, but didn't get an official diagnosis until January of last year. On the top of that she was diagnosed with ADHD. She was 9 back then. I didn't know how to approach this subject with her for a long time as it seems. I was able to explain ADHD to her successfully almost right after the diagnosis since we decided to try medication.    However, I had no clue how to even start conversation about autism with her. I asked several bloggers who were themselves autistic, and all recommended to tell your child about it sooner… Read more »

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lauriemarie

 @kat13 
Can I ask what the name of the book /s you used? I have a 6 year old grandson who is autistic, aspergers, and a 4 year old grandson with autism to the point of him still eating baby food, still in a diaper, he doesn't talk-he will say a few words here and there. My daughter has explained to the oldest that the youngest has autism but she has never told the oldest. He is on meds and never asks why. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank  you.

kat13
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 @lauriemarie Sure, Laurie. But don't worry about the little one, as long as he gets an early intervention (and all the support for you guys), he will progress. My daughter had only 10 words in her vocabulary at age 4, and she was only eating from the baby bottle, so I used to load that milk with tofu, yogurt, and baby food. It was even unpleasant to look at it, but that was the only way she would eat. And she had a picture schedule until she was in the 2nd grade. Later I used a "TODO" list for her at home… Read more »

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anansison

Here's a friend of mine who had the talk with one of her daughters.
  http://delirious-mom.blogspot.com/2012/08/birdie-
 

Rob Gorski
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 @anansison Thanks a lot 🙂

Mikacollegegirl
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@Lost_and_Tired I told my son out straight but I also told him that doesn't make him any different.