Having a child who has a rare chromosome disorder and is on the autism spectrum, your life changes and you have new challenges to face. You have to learn to adapt to a new way of life and have a different perspective on your environment.
Some people are under-responsive to interoception, thus may not feel tired. I also feel that there is a relationship between autism and disruptive sleep.
My son has always had issues with sleep ever since he was a baby.
Even though me and my son’s dad are not together, I thought that it would be helpful to understand his perspective on our son’s diagnosis. He also has a diagnosis of 16p11.2 duplication.
I thought that it would be interesting to have an informal discussion with my parents to find out their perspective on having a grandchild diagnosed with 16p11.2 duplication and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Emotions are linked with our 8th sense, interoception which is our inner ability to read our body’s signals. Have you ever heard of the expression: think with your head but follow your heart? Well emotions, at times, can outweigh our logical thought and that is why understanding the complexity of emotions can be difficult for someone who is autistic.
Shuttleworth is located in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. It is a museum that boasts an impressive collection of vintage aircraft and veteran vehicles. You can also visit the Swiss Garden adjacent to the museum. My son is fascinated by anything that has a mechanical element to it, so visiting here was a perfect choice.