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I am autistic and got diagnosed a couple of years ago. I am childless but have siblings of a rather young age (early teenagehood) to whom I sometimes had to explain my sensory processing issues. The key to me is to focus on what you already mentioned in your question, that is how that affects you and that they didn't do anything wrong. For instance, when I ...


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I am also sensitive to certain stimuli, such as repetitive noises (which kids are prone to) and smells. In the case of repetitive noises, after the first couple, when it's obvious the kid is entranced by what they're doing, I am able to say (calmly but very firmly) "Mom can't stand repetitive noises, you need to stop right now." My kids always ...


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I also have challenging traits I've passed along to the next generation! What I've found helpful in communicating with my children about those is to frame it less as helping them understand my issues --why would they care? --and more showing them that I understand THEIR issues (because I share them). It's the same end result, but it starts from where they ...


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