I feel like I already wrote about this but cannot find it in my archives. Anyways. It’s relevent again for us.
Sean called me from the mall where he had taken both of the boys for haircuts last night.
Referring to the the autism. There was a time when we didn’t have to tell people. When he was little and most of the behaviours could have been taken for typical toddler/preschooler behaviours. I felt at that time that I needed to protect him and his privacy and that it was nobody’s business. But we are in a very different place now and for his sake and the people who engage with him, it’s just best that we are up front about the disorder.
When they do know – things are so much easier. People treat him different. They speak differently to him and seem to try harder to make things easier and successful for him. And that’s ok with me.