I said I created this blog and show because I wanted to discredit the idea that all those with autism are geniuses or have a special power of some kind.
But then sometimes I make a blog post and afterwards feel really guilty that I'm just replacing one stereotype with another. All the talk of Minecraft, Lego and challenging behaviours.
I've mentioned it before, but this is very much the story of The Boy. It's what autism is to us, through my eyes and hopefully his, since he's the only major experience I have. But The Boy is no more representative of every autistic person than I am of every man. He's as unique as you and I, and I don't want that to be forgotten. I have got so much comfort from other parents recognising many of his traits and behaviours, but equally I know there will be many others whose experience is so different to ours it's almost unrecognisable.
A parent who I had a quick drink with after one of the shows sent me an email, and part of it is here:
Our son is diagnosed as severely autistic and non-verbal. Each day my wife and I wake up with the hope that today will be the day that he answers one of our many questions, as to how he is feeling or would he like a glass of apple juice. Hope is I guess the little thing that keeps us all going...
Each time I post about something The Boy has said, or each time I complain about a queue in Legoland or him always playing the computer, I'm reminded that there are families for whom each of these things are a far-off dream. For whom autism is a silent, impenetrable world. This blog no more represents them than the film 'RainMan' represents my son.
So, although I'm delighted and touched that this blog and the show are raising awareness of autism and giving some insight into our world, I'd be doing a disservice to thousands of others if I didn't acknowledge now and then that it is just that. Our world.
Because every person has a story to be told. Even those who haven't found their voice yet.
This blog is about bringing up The Boy. He's 12 years old and autistic. It's written by The Dad. It's my words, my view. Other people will think differently and have different opinions. Good.