Everyone with ASD Is Different. But These 21 Experiences Are Familiar to Many Autism Families

When we talk about autism, we often speak seriously. And it’s no wonder why: autism is a serious disorder that is associated with many strengths but also many challenges. Let’s face it, though: people with and without autism are funny, and we can all get a real riot out of all the universal things we tend to think, say, and do. And everyone with autism may be different, but because it is characterized by differing degrees of social struggles, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors, there are plenty of familiar experiences out there that unite people touched by autism and make them say: “That’s so true!”

So to lighten up things a little bit and laugh about our lives, we asked you to finish this sentence: “You might be an autism parent if…” We got so many funny and heartwarming responses, we couldn’t resist sharing these 21 of them with you (number 19 is, without a doubt, my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say I laughed out loud!).

Mother with kids on kitchen

(Note: Posts have been edited for grammar.)

1. It’s an enigma…

Your son has shirts of all his favorite TV characters but spends most of his time in only underwear… –David W.

2. Don’t you open that door!

You have to stand and wait for a door to close just so your child can open it themselves! –Becky M.

3. The noise conundrum

Your child is terrified of noise but is one of the loudest people you’ve ever met! Love him though! –Corrina B. B.

Kid Screams with his Hands on his Eras

4. Never forget the iPad!

Forgetting the iPad is considered an “emergency!” –Miranda W.

5. They’re the experts!

Your son’s teacher tells you he corrected her in front of the whole class when she got some facts about the Titanic incorrect! –Michaela L.

6. Picky eating

Your child loves to eat French fries but won’t eat mashed potatoes even though you explain and show him that it’s French fries, just mashed… –Rebecca F. L.

Mum feeding picky eater

7. A unique memory

Your child can recite every commercial and knows the timeline of the ancient pharaohs but they can’t remember to put pants on in the morning. Lol my life! –Candice S.

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.