Danielle - posted on 12/26/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )
I am just wondering how you inform people that your child is Autistic?
Does your child know they are Autistic? What have you told your child when they ask why they are different?
I was talking with a relative, and they believe that I shouldn't tell people that my son is Autistic because it will give him a label, and may further give him the leverage to use it as an excuse when he is older..
Ex) My cousins teen will completely act out, (he had A.D.D), and will say "It's not my fault. I am not on my meds."
My relative thinks that by giving him the label, he will be restricted by his expectation as an Autistic person, and will not have the confidence to accept that he is capable of achievement, with or without a label.
My toddler is three years old, and I feel like I need to give people some explanation when he has major meltdowns over the smallest things. He whines a lot because he is non verbal, and I think it puts strangers in an awkward position.
So far I have told people that he is "sensitive", but I feel like that doesn't sum it up properly.
Today I had a friend over that I haven't seen in a while, and while my toddler was overly stressed and sensitive to the fact that a stranger was in the house, I tried to explain to her that he shows many signs of Autism, and we are in the process of getting him diagnosed.
I had a hard time saying the word "Autistic" out loud.
Does it get easier with time? How do you work a conversation into explaining? Do you ever get the feeling like people don't believe you?
Thanks so much in advance.