Wednesday 24 February 2016

#WonderfulWednesday: How do I stop my child using autism as an excuse?

This week's #WonderfulWednesday share is an article by Chris at Autistic Not Weird which gives advice on what to do when you think your child may be using their autism as an excuse.

This is not something I have any experience with. Anthony is our terribly truthful child and David is still pretty much non verbal. Neither really understand the concept of an excuse, they simply say or sign it as it is.  However it is something I've seen asked lots of times before including in the Autistic Not Weird Facebook page which I've been following since I started blogging.

Chris is able to give advice as not only a person with Asperger Syndrome but also as a former teacher and I think this makes his work invaluable.

What I particularly like about his article is that it's about helping the parents understand their kids. My favourite point is that sometimes children (and adults too) can reference their autism when they are finding something difficult. Chris says to them 'autism' is synonymous with struggling and that they can get the two mixed up. 

This is what I can see Anthony doing.  Along with having difficulty with over generalising, we haven't had the 'you have autism' talk but sometimes we will say that he 'just can't do it' and by the look on his face, I think this is what he truly believes.

Chris' article is informative and helpful. If excuses are filling your life at the moment then head over and have a look. 

Our blog - Autism and generalising, the day everything was a dog

Autistic Not Weird - website and Facebook 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the article, I'll head over for a read. :)


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