Letting our son know there was a name for what made him different was a no-brainer for us. He knew, as all children like him know, that he was different than the other kids.
I remember the relief my husband felt when he finally had a name for his eccentricities. He was delighted. It lifted a burden to finally discover that he was not a freak and not crazy… and that others found theme parks to be horrendous, too!
Granted, my boys are very high functioning. Granted, my son has his father to look up to, and of course his father is the pinnacle of everything he aspires to. But the fact remains that there is nothing wrong with them. Their brains just function differently.
All the same, this is a personal decision. Parents know their children; of all people, we realize this. We’ve been the ones on the front lines being labeled or ostracized, all because our children are different.
Give it thought. Do your best. That’s all anyone can ask 🙂