Autism and us

“We can confirm that you son has autism…” came the words from the assessment team as they looked at me pensively, awaiting my dramatic/emotional response. I thought for a minute, wondering if perhaps I should be upset. My mouth opened: “Phew!” I replied, feeling nothing but total relief. I was relieved that I knew my son and his behaviours well enough to understand that he was a little different to his peers, and I was relieved that we now had a professional diagnosis, it would enable us to ask for the help and support that he desperately needed if he was to return to school. The professionals all looked rather stunned, but then smiled and they too breathed a sigh of relief. I’m sure that th

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