Mothers of kids with an autism spectrum diagnosis: can we talk?
Many of you confide that you suspect ASD in your spouse.
This is what I hear:
You love him. You don’t understand him.
Would it surprise you that your spouse may harbour the same suspicions about you?
While women on the spectrum may raise kids, run households, corporations, or marathons, female autistic behaviors may affect many areas of functioning. Women on the spectrum tend to be smart, well-spoken, and can be highly-educated. They have lots of gifts and can be tons of fun! Still, there are a few things that can be a tad...trying...for a partner unless he or she understands where the issues are coming from. As we say, change understanding—change actions.
These anecdotal issues can certainly impact family functioning as well as relationships with your co-workers or extended family. Here is a partial list. Recognize anyone?: