Adding pressure to a child’s life by ‘interviewing’ them about a sibling seems to me to add an element they could do without – as I often query, who is it for? And what is it for? I have distinct memories of those adoptive parents who set up monthly questionnaires for adoptees on how they are doing as adopters!! And on how the adoptees are doing in adoption! We need to know – why? There are plenty of qualified and unqualified adults who will judge us, why invite our children to do so!
I thought Payton would have a different perspective so I asked, “Payton, do you like autism?” Payton answered, “Yes.” Then I shared with her what I’d told the nursing staff at the hospital where I speak on autism. I had told the nurses that Payton is the best sister I could have asked for Jeremiah. I went on to tell her how amazing she is, and how much she understands autism.
She smiled, thought for a few moments and said, “Another sister might have loved Jeremiah, but may not have understood Jeremiah.”
This video stemmed from that conversation. I wanted to share this 7-year-olds perspective on autism.
We went through the questions only once before this interview. There are some things Payton said during…
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