Sometimes I wonder…when will Squeaker be old enough to tell that he has autism? And when he is, what will I say? How hard is explaining autism to a child?
This episode of Parenthood, where they try explaining autism to Max, was a really tear-jerker:
In this episode, Max’s mom and dad try to explain to him what his diagnosis means, and when he attempts to understand, it prompts deep-seated emotions in me: “Do you guys have Asperger’s? Does Haddie?” he asks, before sadly concluding, “Just me.” So what do you do to prevent your child from feeling alone in his or her diagnosis?
I remember watching it and just bawling my eyes out. Okay. I still bawl my eyes out when I watch it.
But, seriously? The entire episode is full of emotion. These are truly awesome parents. Parents who are doing everything they can for their son. Parents who, because their son overheard an argument, now have to tell their son that he’s different.
I only hope that when the time comes, I’m able to do it with as much grace as they did in that video clip.
If you have a child with autism, have you told him/her yet? How did it go? What did you say?
How do you go about explaining autism to a child