What should parents teach their children about autism?

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What should parents teach their children about autism?
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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 2:29pm

Do you ever get frustrated by the way your child is percieved by their peers?  If so, I'm sure you can relate to this article, the author is listing the things she wished parents would teach their children about autism: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/babblecom/8-things-to-teach-your_b_3009059.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

What would you like to add to this list?

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Registered: 04-07-2002

I am not the parent of an aspie or auttie.  I am the real deal herself.  More than specific things about autism, I think a lot of the problems we on the spectrum have are caused by the fact that society implies that it is only OK to be a certain way.  I would like parents to teach their kids that being different is OK, and in some cases is desirable.  Sure, we have "a social deficit", if that's what you want to call it.  But, there are advantages to our dx that are often overlooked.  Why don't I get credit for teaching myself to read at age 2?  Why does everything need to be about me not understanding what is on the minds of others?  While we are on that subject, others do not know what is on my mind and are not sanctioned for it.  Why, when the reverse is also true, am I sanctioned for it?

The questions could go on ad infinitum, and ad nauseam.  But in short, why is it not OK to be different in our world?  Could someone answer that for me?

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Beth "Petrouchka"