I decided to create this blog because I think I provide a unique perspective on the topic of autism.
For example, I am the father of an autistic son, Daniel. But I discovered, through the research I did on autism after learning Daniel was autistic, that I have Asperger’s. I was officially diagnosed in the Fall of 2016, and I score 33-35 on the Autism Spectrum Quotient test (33-50 is autism; 26-32 is Asperger’s). I spoke early and read early, and a lack of language delay typically has meant a diagnosis of Asperger’s rather than autism. But the DSM-V has defined it all as autism.
This means that my wife is not just the mother of an autistic son, but the wife of an autistic husband.
We also have two other children. Melina, our daughter, is the oldest, and our son Dylan is the youngest. Dylan had a slight speech delay, but does not seem to have any other autistic traits. Melina has been tested for autism, but scored just under what was needed to get a diagnosis, meaning she has a few traits, but isn’t quite on the spectrum. Indeed, Dylan has a few traits himself, mostly obsessive traits.
It is not uncommon for the siblings of an autistic child to have several autistic traits themselves. The same is true of at least one of the parents. Many parents have learned they have Asperger’s when their child gets diagnosed with autism, as was the case with me. And the more I think about my family, I’m convinced my mother probably had Asperger’s (girls/women express autism differently than do boys), and that her father probably had Asperger’s as well.
I believe Daniel’s and my autism are due to the features described by the Intense World theory of autism. That is why I chose to call my blog “An Intense World.” Daniel and I live in a very intense world. If you follow us, you will get to know more about that world.