He is autistic and is expecting a baby sister within the next month. At first I would not let him watch the birthing shows but since daddy does not seem to mind him watching I started letting him watch with me.
We also watch parenting and new baby shows together.
Part of me says that it is inappropriate for him to watch, but another part of me says that it is educational.
What do you think?
Answer by Peekalou at 4:21 AM on Jan. 5, 2009
Personally, I applaud you for letting him be apart of this time. I don't know where on the autism scale he falls (being there is such a wide continuum on the spectrum)....but I do know that some children living with autism can get very focused on a particular theme. For right now this is his world - of course. It is your world too! So I say that it is not a problem. Birthing is normal. He is trying to make sense of it. I would also take him on a big brother tour of the hospital, have him help change so practice diapers, play with a baby doll that will be the same sex of your new one, and really get him involved. Is it age appropriate. YES. Relax, enjoy the alone time with your ss. You won't get those moments too often after your new one comes. Date your ss now. Share with him. This is his experience too.
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