a month ago
How to explain autism to siblings?
Deep and meaningful chats have been happening in my house the last few weeks with my 3 year old who has increasingly noticed how him and his brother (ASD) are different. He has been asking me why he is loud, angry a lot, and never wants to play with him.. So we talk about how his brother has Autism and his brain in made different, but that’s all that’s different… This has been the most relevant way for me to describe it because he is only 3! Just before bed most day this week he has been talking about his brothers‘tism’ and he is really starting to grasp its understanding. He said “mummy, he didn’t want to play today because he was feeling a bit upset with his tism, I listened but do you think I could get tism too so that way we would be the same and play?” Oh my god… instant heartbreak to hear that this is how he feels… What a perspective… It hits you right in chest when reality is spoken… well I know it does for me.. but I also know it is my job to raise my little one in a way he recognises and loves everyone’s differences especially his brothers… It just reiterates that if a 3 year old can begin to understand differences our adult population needs to do better right?! Sibling love…. It is so special 💙💙