Cue heart breaking and dramatic music. It has been almost a year now since Skeletor was diagnosed as Autistic, but at this point we had not yet had The Talk with him. I knew it was coming, but I just didn't think it would be so soon. I would have explained it all to him as soon as we left the doctor's office last May, but he didn't possess the communication skills. (He's come a long way in speech therapy!) Also, I'm chicken, and I was scared of scarring him for life with the utter debacle I was sure to make of my explanation.
So, in complete terror, I kind of half-assed my way through the standard "everyone is different, and that's a good thing" speech. But I could tell Skeletor wasn't completely satisfied with this answer. Another, more in depth conversation would be coming soon. I must away to the interwebs! I knew that I wanted to start the conversation by reading him a book about Autism (see above poultry-like attributes,) but which one to pick? Although there doesn't seem to be an over-abundance of books on the subject, I was still stuck. I wanted it to be perfect. After much research and study-age and such, I finally decided on "Ben Has Autism. Ben Is Awesome."
|You can find the book by clicking this here linky-poo.|
I ordered the book and awaited its arrival with bated breath. It was a lovely little book, and served its purpose by setting us up for The Talk. After we finished reading it, I dove in head first. I reminded Skeletor of our "why am I different" conversation. And then I just said it. I told him that he has Autism, which is why he gets so upset sometimes and has trouble staying still (among other things.) And I also told him that Autism is part of what makes him so absolutely gangster (our household word for cooler than being cool.) I'm sure other things of the deep and meaningful variety were said, but it's kind of all a blur. But the one thing that I will never forget? After I stressed myself out so badly over this talk, the very first thing that popped out of his mouth when I asked him if he had any questions was, "Do sharks have Autism?" I repeat, the kid is perfection.