Connie - posted on 09/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
We have noticed that our son seems to be becoming socially aware that he is different. He will be eight at the end of January and he has a cognitive function of about a 4-5 year old. He seems to be very sensitive about his difference, whenever he sees the word "autism" he becomes very upset. I need to know how to talk to him about this in a way that will help him understand that it isn't a big deal (it isn't in our house) we don't believe that autism is a disorder or a disease and that there is nothing to fix. He has a full time aide who has been looking for books for him to read about differences in people on a global level. I would love to hear from mom's who have older kids who are able to understand what autism is, how they feel about it and what your experience has been. Thanks in advance for your help with this.