Amongst the concerns I have is a very selfish one: what people will say when they find out I have an autistic son.
I think people I work with will say: ‘like father, like son’ and ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’. They will make a link between what I am like and my son’s condition. At work I have quite a small circle of people I am close to. I’m a quiet member of the staff room and don’t tend to get involved in social situations. I’d say I’m fairly shy although I imagine some might interpret this as being withdrawn or even aloof. I realise this probably sounds like the traits of autism!
I don’t think I am on the ‘spectrum’, but it is certainly something I have reflected on. I wonder if other parents think like this? What are the known genetic/hereditary links?