inappropriate autism shirts

Sandra - posted on 03/31/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I got my daughter a shirt that I'm not a brat, I have austism" I'm not sure if that is appropriate for her to wear to school any suggestions?

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Ev - posted on 03/31/2015

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I agree with Jodi. I do not like the term either but to find a shirt with something about autism on it only advertises what that child has. Its not a good idea.

Jodi - posted on 03/31/2015

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Well, I personally don't like the term "brat" and autism interchanged, because a child with autism CAN still be a brat. You can't write off all behaviour as "oh, it is because he has autism". And yes, I've seen parents do that, and it's crap. Even children with autism can learn to control many of their behaviours, but there are parents out ther that use it as an excuse. I see this t-shirt as an excuse for behaviour in its use of the term "brat".

Besides the fact I don't think you need to advertise it. Children don't need a big advertisement like that to TELL everyone they are different. I just don't see the point to the t-shirt - it certainly isn't for her benefit that I can see.

Chana - posted on 03/31/2015

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I love the idea of the shirt! However I am not sure it would be appropriate for school. I guess it depends on what the kids are like at her school. Kids can be cruel so I am not sure if you want to encourage them to be cruel by telling them she has autism. On the flip by telling them that there is a legitimate reason for her behavior it may encourage the more respectful kids to be nice to her. Maybe check into the schools dress code policy to make sure there isn't something in there about shirts with sayings on them. I know some schools do not encourage shirts with sayings. I know this really didn't help much but hopefully it gave you something to think about.

Ev - posted on 03/31/2015

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Please do not take this the wrong way but I have a child of my own who was diagnosed with a form of Autism. I would never get a shirt like that for him to wear. It is bad enough that this label is placed on kids let alone have a t-shirt to wear to advertise this. Kids have all sorts of problems and I do not see their parents finding t-shirts for them to wear saying a line similar to that one you posted. It will bring a lot of unwanted attention to your child and maybe make them a target for bullies. Let us face the fact that this world is harsh and becomes more so the child has something Autism or any other developmental delay. I do not get why you would want her to wear it.

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