Siblings with autism: How do you ‘splain that?

Your sibling has autism. How do you explain it to your friends?

I’ll never forget the day that my son John, who was 9 at the time, brought a friend from school over to work on a geography project. He was a little nervous, because this friend had not met Matthew.

What if Matthew said or did something embarrassing?

How would he explain autism?

Just as the boys were finishing a snack and starting the project, Matthew got home from school.

“Who are you?” he asked the boy in a close-talking kind of way, “What state were you born in and what airports have you been to?”

Close talker

Close talker

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I don’t remember how John handled that one, but I do know that he is now an expert on the topic of explaining autism to his friends. Here is his latest iteration of a great explanation:

 

Did I mention that John is majoring in Psychology?

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How have you or your child discussed autism with their friends?

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you Laura and John. John, your video was clear and….more importantly for my grand-daughter (10 yrs old), calm and friendly. Her brother (8 yrs old) is on the spectrum and she does struggle with those awkward – explanations.
    Many thanks, a grateful Nana

  2. He seems like the coolest brother, and for him to be Matthew’s younger brother, Matthew is blessed.

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