I’ve been meaning to invite you to have coffee with me for a while but life, it just gets so busy sometimes! But I’m here now and I hope we still have time to grab a quick coffee together this weekend and would you like a brownie to go with your coffee? I made some with my eight year old yesterday, please do help yourself.
I must admit that one of the reasons I am late with this coffee post is that I have been reading a book that I can’t put down. ~ The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty ~ Ever since the husband’s secret was revealed in the story (I won’t spoil it and tell you what the secret is of course!) I have been compelled to keep reading to find out how everything turns out in the end. It’s the second book of Moriarty’s that I’ve read, the other was Big Little Lies which I also loved. I think that she writes people so well, her characters are instantly recognisable as people we all know somewhere in our lives. She has written quite a number of books and I would definitely recommend her as an author.
Another reason I am squeezing in this coffee post today is because I have been busy on my blog with another BloggingU course here on WordPress. It’s the #EverydayInspiration course and I’m really enjoying it. It’s stretching me in my blog writing and possibly pointing me towards new directions. All good things.
But enough of the general chit chat, this blog was meant to be a platform for me to talk about autism and I know I’ve been drifting off topic a lot lately. That said, maybe that’s not a bad thing, maybe that ties in with one of my main messages about autism; yes I have an autistic child, and yes autism is ever present in our family life but it’s only one aspect of our life and it doesn’t define my son or our family life.
Anyway there is one thing, autism related, that has been really irritating me this week that I wanted to offload with you here over coffee (if you don’t mind). As you can imagine, I read most articles I come across in the media about autism. This week I read an article published in a well known British newspaper that talked of a potential new test researchers have devised which could diagnose children with autism at a much younger age than is currently the norm. Honestly, I am tired and irritated by the proliferation of these types of articles, the ones that contain a lot of words like ‘possible’, ‘potential’ and ‘maybe’. This particular article went along the lines of ‘researchers have possibly discovered an indicator that perhaps could be used in the future to possibly diagnose autism in young babies, maybe; but we’re not sure yet.’
Who remembers when the Duchess of Cambridge was due to give birth to Prince George? Remember how the world’s press were camped outside the hospital days before the birth giving regular news reports to the effect of ‘there’s no news yet, she hasn’t given birth’? I feel like there are too many articles published about autism that are like that, i.e. they don’t contain any real news. What is the point of them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for research that furthers our *understanding of autism, but I only want to see headlines about it in the media when there is something substantive to report. I don’t want to read that something maybe, perhaps has possibly been discovered about autism that we don’t already know. And don’t even get me started on the ‘possible link between eating sandwiches and autism’ type articles (I’m being highly sarcastic there in case you didn’t spot that!) that are published practically on a daily basis. I see no value whatsoever in reporting completely random and baseless speculation about autism. To me it’s just irritating, but there are other people out there who place their hopes in these kinds of crackpot myths and speculative reporting can be very damaging.
And breath. Rant over, and on that note I will wrap up my complaining and say that I hope to get time to share a coffee again with you next week……now, if you’ll excuse me I need to get back to that husband’s secret! 🙂
*I use the word ‘understanding’ intentionally. I believe that autism is a neurological variation, a non typical neurotype, with a genetic basis. I DON’T believe that it is a ‘disorder’ or a ‘disease’ that needs a cure. I am interested in autism research from the point of view of understanding the neurology of it , what that can teach us about the differences between neurotypical and non neurotypical minds, and how society can best accommodate these differences.