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Thread: A bit of a sensitive subject
June 1st, 2013 07:51 AM #1
A bit of a sensitive subject
So one of my coworkers has a son with autism, and it got me to thinking if I would name a special needs child the same types of names as my other kids. Obviously, autism isnt something you can know that your child has when he/she is born, but I am thinking down's syndrome and similar. Please know that I am attempting to broach this subject with tact, I was just thinking about it recently. I am not sure I would want to saddle a kid with the type of long, elaborate names that I generally like if I knew in advance that my child would have more difficulties in life already. I'd probably want to give them a name that is very pronounceable and strong.
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June 1st, 2013 08:06 AM #3
My brother has Down Syndrome (diagnosed at birth, but genetic testing results took 6 weeks) and my parents gave him the name they planned on using the entire time. Having a brother with special needs I have been many special needs children and adults, they all have names as individual as varying as they themselves are and I think their names suit them.The 3 Princesses in my life...
June 1st, 2013 08:29 AM #5
June 1st, 2013 08:55 AM #7Junior Member
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My cousin was born at 27 weeks, 24 years ago, he has Cerebral Palsy as a result of decreased oxygen to his brain. Upon discovering that their child would live life with hardship my aunty and uncle decided that the name they had chosen, Brody, was too soft for a child with special needs, they wanted a stronger name so they chose Vaughn.
Personally, I would go ahead with the named I loved and planned for. I think that even if a child is born with special needs they are still the same baby that was in the womb all along, they shouldn't get a new name because of their disability. I'd rather them know that their name was chosen because I loved it, rather than because I found out they had a disability and needed a name that fit. My cousin has never let his disability define him and I wouldn't want it to define my child either. But, hey, that's just my opinion. It's a touchy subject and a decision I couldn't make until I actually met my baby.
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June 1st, 2013 09:08 AM #9
I think I get where you're coming from. A long frilly name for a child who may have intellectual or speech troubles may be harder for the child. I suspect a nickname would soon develop in this case.
But I guess choose what makes you proud and they will make it their own.Phoebe Eliza Grace arrived after 2 Years of IVF