My daughter is in GEP. My son is autistic.

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This story is taken from the book My Unique Child: A Practical Guide to Raising A Child with Autism. Ellen’s and Clement’s full names are withheld to protect the identity of the family.

Ellen is mother to two daughters and a son. Her son, Clement, has autism and attends a special school.

My eldest child is 10 years older than Clement, and my middle child is seven years older than him. The eldest one was in the gifted education programme (GEP) when she was in school. Interestingly, one of her classmates also has a brother who is on the autism spectrum. She has told me before, “If only he was normal, I’ll have a brother I can relate to. I can play and interact with him.”

They’re both adults now, and I have told them that taking care of Clement is not their responsibility. If they can help, it’s good. If not, I believe Clement can live independently. He can be trained to live independently.

As far as I can, I’ll try not to impose on them. Of course, the best is that they can take care of him and give him a home, but this depends on them having spouses who are willing and accepting.


Read more stories like this in the book My Unique Child: A Practical Guide to Raising A Child with Autism.

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