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To Tell or Not to Tell Children About Their Disabilities

All kids are different, but when a child has a disability should they be told? Last night on Parenthood, Max is enthused about getting the entire family —Team Braverman — together to participate in an Autism Speaks walk. Though the boy is extremely passionate about helping kids with autism, he has yet to realize that he is on the spectrum. Wondering whether they should tell Max that he has Asperger's syndrome, Adam and Kristina consult their son's doctor. He doesn't give them a direct answer, instead he says that the 8 year old will clue them in when it's time. Do you agree that children will figure it out themselves or give their parents a cue for delivering such news, or should parents be upfront at the time of diagnosis?

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lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Why hide it? There's no shame in it. I have a child with severe autism. So severe that a discussion like this will never happen. But I don't see how this would be any different from telling your child they have diabeties. This is something that they should be aware of, it's part of them.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I agree to tell as much as the child can handle. My 18 yo sister is mentally slower then all of her peers. Emotionally and mentally she is around 12-14 years old in most aspects. She understands that she's different, and we have always talked to her about it within her understanding. She takes special ed classes at school, and a lot of her classmates don't have parents who have talked to them about it at all. Several of them told her they just think they're "stupider" then other people. Sad.
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