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Hi, new mum to the forum. My son is 3 and received his ASD diagnosis this year. However we have been aware since he was about 15 months old. And our parents (sons grandparents) said they believed the same. However recently my parents have been struggling with my son's diagnosis. I am not sure how to help them and I am getting very frustrated with having to explain autism to them. Unfortunately the imagine they have in their head is of Dustin Hoffman in rainman, but as you all know on here, that is only one possible outcome. We are not sure what the future holds for our son. But no one ever does! Example, today I was asked if I want another baby to try and have one without autism! I had to explain that as autism is probably genetic that a second child would probably be the same. I then had to continue to explain why myself and my husband have decided to have just one. They feel the are missing out on doing "normal" things with my son. And to be honest I went through that stage, but as the diagnosis took 18 months I had time to accepted it and I have adapted to my son's needs not mine! But I feel I need to constantly defend my son and our choices. There is more but it would take ages to explain. Am I being sensitive or justified in being frustrated?
Hi All, Ever since I was diagnosed a few weeks ago I've been thinking: is it best to tell all of your friends and family about your ASD or should it be kept to yourself? I can't decide. On the one hand I hope that by telling everyone I know that I have Asperger's syndrome it will help them to understand me more and that I've acted strangely, and sometimes upset people because I have a condition that I was born with and cannot change. Not because I'm a self-centered prat who doesn't care about their feelings. However, I worry that most will just think that telling them that I've got AS is an admission of insanity, which of course it isn't, and they would start treating me like I'm mentally retarded - or even worse they might just avoid me all together. A fair few of the people I know, I fear, are old fashioned like that. So, I'm hoping to gauge some opinion as to what others may do, or have done, in similar circumstances. Cheers, - Bob