It's a tricky one isn't it? I think after a diagnosis of our child or children with Autism we then question some of our own behaviour and our past. Some go as far as to actually get a diagnosis themselves which must come with mixed feelings, liberating for some and a bit of a shock for others.
People will comment and say 'no don't be silly' but I think you know that deep within there are some aspects of your life that haven't made sense. This would change the statistics regarding Autism quite significantly. It was always considered that Autism was more common in boys rather than girls but now we are realising that girls just know how to mask their behaviour so I think it may be more common in girls than first thought.
That's ok as I'm a girl and have wondered many a time that I may be on the spectrum, some may say we all are to a certain extent. I find great comfort in it and can step back in certain situations and realise why I'm feeling like I do in various situations and how some of my past, especially as a child now makes sense to me. We have a laugh as a family sometimes as we can see it may have been passed down the generations in some members and how they behave but no one has received an official diagnosis, only my eldest son.
I do find it interesting though as sometimes I think my sons diagnosis of Autism entered our lives for a reason, to make sense of life but to also help me to understand other people who struggle with being on the spectrum and maybe help in some way. At the moment it's through support as a parent but who knows where my path will take me.
For now though I'm going to carry on as I am as I think I may be doing ok so far, its been about 21 years now (and another 20 odd on top of that I didn't mention) Please leave a comment as I would love to know what other people think and whether there are any parents out there that feel similar to myself. I read something the other day and I think it was a comment made by a young adult with Autism and it was to say that there were many views from parents who don't really know what it's like to have Autism but I think many do, I think there maybe a lot of parents who know exactly what it's like to have Autism whether it's experiencing it through their children or from their own personal experiences and who are a bit apprehensive to talk about it. This is my first time talking about it in such a public way. Autism can affect people whatever age they are, it's just a matter of finding that voice and speaking abut it.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will pop back tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday......
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.