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Posted by Amy Lucy on August 25, 2000 at 21:57:40:

My son is going to be 6 in Sept, and is starting kindergarten he is such a blessing he is beautiful,sensitive,creative,funny and a joy to be around(most of the time anyway). He does pretty good socially except for some odd behaviors that I am afraid may alienate him from the rest of the group. He contantly clears his throat and it sounds pretty gross. He also picks his nose and yes does the worst. We have tried to work on these things at home, but are going nowhere fast. Should we tell him he is Autistic so when other kids ask "whats wrong with him?" he knows he is different. I donot want him to feel bad and I don't want to tell the other kids without telling him. I beleive that would be disrespectful to him. And I beleive it could hurt his self-esteem. I know I would hate to be teased and not know there was something different about me. How do I do this in a positive way with out making him feel bad? He is very verbal and can read and shouldn't have any trouble with typical school work. Any suggestions would help.
Thanks, Amy Lucy

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