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When is a good time to tell your child they have Autism?

While every child is different, I can only go by my own experience of when my parents told me I had autism and why I feel it was the perfect timing.

They chose to tell me at age thirteen when I started asking a lot more questions.

 

Why age thirteen? Why not an earlier age like five or six? Here are my thoughts ~ 

I truly believe there is power in innocence. Children do not need to know about autism in grade school. Let children be children. Run around and play, make friends, and let kids be kids. Autism is not a priority for them. Even if they start to question things that revolve around some of their differences with other children, I still believe it’s better to wait until the early teenage years, but always letting them know they are special and perfect just the way they are. 

So why do I feel that waiting until the age of thirteen is a good time? Because it’s the beginning of the teenage years when things get  incredibly emotional. Holding these...

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Social Story Character: Sally

Red Shirt
Name: Sally

5 Favorite Hobbies:

  1. Reading
  2. Watching nature documentaries
  3. Researching frogs
  4. Playing around with sound design on the computer
  5. Doodling on her tablet

5 Favorite Things:

  1. Frogs (would catch one and keep it as a pet for one day before letting it go)
  2. Fast food
  3. Animated shorts
  4. Sports (Baseball’s her favorite sport)
  5. Even with being caught up on new technology, she has a soft spot for tech from the 90’s and early 00’s (2000’s).

5 Strengths:

  1. Friendly
  2. Interested in all kinds of people, autism or otherwise
  3. Detailed oriented
  4. Organised
  5. Never afraid to ask for assistance; whether it’s for her or for other people

5 Weaknesses:

  1. Even with a tablet, she would still be afraid of whether or not she will say the right words
  2. She cannot talk (oftentimes would wonder what she would sound like)
  3. Difficult to make clear eye contact; May look like she’s not paying attention or not interested but she in most cases, she always is interested
  4. Would...
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