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explaining ASD to NT sibling

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Timepasses Sun 05-Jun-16 17:22:28

DS1 is 6 and has ASD. he is non verbal but trying to talk. He has made huge progress at school this year and his understanding has come on in leaps and bounds. We are very proud smile.

DS2 is nearly 3 and has recently noticed that ds1 doesn't speak to him.

How can I explain ASD in an age appropriate way?


zzzzz Sun 05-Jun-16 17:59:32

We just say some people are better at some things and some at others.

The only difficulty is tidlers knowing what to say when someone says "what's wrong with your brother?"

We say "he finds talking/waiting/sharing/new food/whatever difficult" and that seems to work for the kids.

Timepasses Sun 05-Jun-16 19:07:42

Thanks zzzzz. That sounds like a good way to start.

wooshed Mon 06-Jun-16 14:05:22

It might be age appropriate, yet, but there is a book called 'My Brother is an Astronaut'. Free on Kindle if you have one -

wooshed Mon 06-Jun-16 14:05:58

Sorry, "might not be"

Timepasses Mon 06-Jun-16 20:53:02

Thank you. I'll take a look.

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