During the weekend, my family and I visited our cousins in Wales since we haven’t been there in AGES. Note that they are my first cousins (mums side of the family) and my cousins are all married so their kids are like.. my nieces and nephews I guess o.o But yeah, they’re aged between 5-10 and when it came to my brother, boy did they have a lot of questions to ask.
“Why doesn’t he talk?”
“Why isn’t he listening to me?”
“Can he hear me?”
I don’t get asked these questions by people my own age or older because they generally have an idea of what autism is. But when your young and all innocent, you just can’t help but ask the obvious question. Answering simply doesn’t always solve this case because they’ll always ask ‘why’ afterwards. And I have no idea how to respond to those questions that would make sense to them. I am in no way saying that I am ashamed to talk about my brothers autism, but I have no idea how to speak to younger kids about it. How would you explain Autism to young children?
I’ve contemplated many ways to say this such as:
“My brother can hear you, he doesn’t talk because he doesn’t know how to yet but he will later”
But then I think, what if ‘later’ I meet them again and they ask why he doesn’t talk yet. Is it then when I say that ‘He doesn’t like to talk?’ Or do I explain that he has Autism? I feel the need to nail these answers so I’m prepared the next time I get asked. Its hard because you want them to understand but at the end of the day, their just kids and maybe it’s best to just give the most plainest, and the most simple answer.
*sorry for not posting, been busy with A Levels! It will most likely get really hectic from here on but I will try my best to post when I can 🙂