Hi, friendos! I will be speaking on a panel later this month aimed at parents who want advice on talking to their kids about their autism diagnoses. I have LOTS of things to say about this. My kids have known about their neurodivergence almost as long as I have. I think that it has helped them so much in terms of self esteem, self awareness, and self advocacy. I am hoping that in the future it will continue to provide them with these things as well as a community of people like them.
But much as I think my ideas are the best and only ideas in the world, I’m pretty sure they’re not. I’m interested in hearing your stories so I can share some of them (anonymously).
I am particularly interested in hearing from autistic people about when they learned they were autistic, whether as a child or an adult and how it affected them. I would also love to hear from parents so I can share some of your stories as well.
I’ve given you some prompts below, because I’m helpful that way. If you would be so kind as to tell me what category you fall into and tell me a little bit of your story (short or long), I would be so grateful. You can leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The presentation is at the end of the month, but I’ll be sure to write about some of your responses here as well after the event.
Your writing prompts:
Autistic people: How did you find out you were autistic? Who told you? How did they tell you? How did it change things? If you learned this later in life, how do you think it might have changed things when you were younger if you had known then? Do you have advice for parents who are thinking about this process?
Parents of autistic people: Have you told your child? Why or why not? If you have, what was their reaction? Do you think you made the right choice? Is there anything you would have done differently?
Autistic parents: Hi, fellow travelers! Let me know either or both of your experiences!
Also, you all are nice and extremely good looking and my favorites.