A reader asks:
My 6 year old son with autism has suddenly realized that he's different from the kids in his special education class at school and he doesn't want to be in there anymore. He wants to be in the class with the other "normal" kids but it's just not possible at this time. I have never told him of his diagnosis, he doesn't know the word "autism"..I didn't think I would have to talk to him about it for at least a couple more years, so this is really hard for me. I don't know exactly how to tell him or explain it so I was hoping that maybe there were some books out that were geared for autistic kids to help them understand about it. I can remember my mother getting me a book about girls starting their periods when I was young, something like that maybe? I would greatly appreciate any resources anyone knows of...I just don't know where to begin with this.
I'm afraid this is not an issue I've had to deal with very much - so don't have good resources on hand. Can you help?