Family matters

By Anonymous - 06/01/2021 08:01

Today, like every other day, my dad thinks my sister is autistic and needs therapy. He wants me to think that too. I'm pretty sure she is just introverted and hates our family. I wonder why. FML
I agree, your life sucks 918
You deserved it 69

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Regular therapy is good for anyone, autistic or not. So, no big deal there. However, many autistic people are subjected to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), which is gay conversion therapy rebranded, and which causes trauma, PTSD, burnout, and suicide. The way to actually handle having an autistic family member is to respect their needs and honor their choices, so that they can self-regulate and avoid overstimulation and burnout. If your father does that for your sister, and she isn't autistic, she still benefits. (Honestly, all people benefit from being treated with the gentleness and consideration that autistic people need.)

Autism should be diagnosed by a pediatrician, but they will factor in a parent's observations. In the case of a non-infant "child", I would a pediatrician should be able to diagnose directly from the child's behavior.

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Autism should be diagnosed by a pediatrician, but they will factor in a parent's observations. In the case of a non-infant "child", I would a pediatrician should be able to diagnose directly from the child's behavior.

Regular therapy is good for anyone, autistic or not. So, no big deal there. However, many autistic people are subjected to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), which is gay conversion therapy rebranded, and which causes trauma, PTSD, burnout, and suicide. The way to actually handle having an autistic family member is to respect their needs and honor their choices, so that they can self-regulate and avoid overstimulation and burnout. If your father does that for your sister, and she isn't autistic, she still benefits. (Honestly, all people benefit from being treated with the gentleness and consideration that autistic people need.)

ghostinflames 13

Reassurance goes a long way with a child, autistic or not.

sarahcroy20 12

This makes no sense. If she's autistic she's obviously been that way for years. You don't just all of a sudden become autistic. Wasnt this looked into when she was little?