Nancy - posted on 04/26/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have an 11 year old son who is in the 5th grade. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 and is very high functioning. He has been mainstreamed since kindergarten and it isn't always easy to tell that he has autism.
Since he is so high functioning, we've never felt the need to tell him about his autism. But since he will be starting middle school next year, we are wondering if it is the right time to discuss it with him. My concern is that it will be difficult for him to adapt to changing classes, the social pressures, etc... and he might suddenly find himself feeling 'different'. On the other hand, he currently has great self-esteem and I don't want to give him any reason to doubt himself. Has anybody else dealt with discussing autism with an older child? Help!