Why Disclose

If the child with Asperger’s has behaviours that do not set them apart from their peers (that is, they are not isolated or disconnected because of their behaviour), then there is probably no reason to disclose! However, there is a case for disclosure if the child with Asperger’s behaves differently toward his peers, and this results in peers not wanting to play or interact with him. They may avoid the child and even tease him. The main reason for disclosing that a child has Asperger’s to the class is if the child is being excluded from activities with his classmates.

The child with Asperger’s can become very anxious if this happens and can result in even worse behaviour or the child can withdraw all together. The child’s classmates should find it easier to deal with the child if they know about the diagnosis and are given strategies on how to deal with him.

In short, the reasons for disclosure are to:

  •      Help classmates understand Asperger’s
  •      Provide classmates with strategies on how to deal with their friend
  •      Help the child with Asperger’s feel understood and appreciated.

Disclosure can result in:

  •      Classmates understanding, accepting and celebrating their friend
  •      Better relations between the parents of the child with Asperger’s and the parents of his      classmates
  •      A calmer classroom with students, their parents and the teacher all understanding that      the child is a little different, and knowing that the teacher has strategies to deal with the      child. Disclosure may reduce the amount of “conferencing” the teacher does with other      parents who may have previously had questions or concerns about the child and why      they behave the way they do.

Disclosure should not be made without the parent’s permission. In fact, the first steps in disclosure could be an action from the parents of the child with Asperger’s to send a letter to each classmate’s parents.

Additionally, only disclose if the child with Asperger’s knows and understands that he has Asperger’s syndrome and that he knows it is going to be disclosed to his classmates. The child’s acceptance and understanding of the condition and disclosure needs to be taken into account. The parents should consult with their child’s pediatrician and/or specialists before disclosing using the guide and big book.

When you purchase the big book, you will receive a comprehensive guide that provides information for parents on a suggested method for disclosure. The guide includes notes on who should know and examples of letters that can be personalised and sent to the parents of classmates.