My 14 year old autistic daughter wishes she were an only child?

Amarita - posted on 08/10/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 and she is very quiet, lonely, anti-social, and has no friends. She seems happy that way, but she told me that she wishes that she were born the only kid in the family. She has two younger siblings who are 8 and 11 years of age (both brothers). The 8 Y/O has ADHD and is very loud and wild, so is her tween brother. I know that many children and teens probably want to be an only child: no sharing food, electronics, parents, TV, books, and other belongings and they get all the attention from their parents. No one will "tattle" or tell on the only child.

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April - posted on 08/13/2016

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Hi! I think what your daughter is experiencing is fairly normal for a child with autism. My son who has Asperger’s feels the same way despite the fact that he is one of six children. I believe it comes down to how the autistic mind works, and that they prefer and find peace in solitude. I think in time your daughter will see the benefits of having siblings despite any drawbacks that she might feel now. In the meantime, you could drop little subtle hints that might help her look at her brothers in a more positive light. I think it really is all about perspective. I pray things get better for you both

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