I don’t have a child on the Autism spectrum, but I’m in the minority as Autism currently affects every one in every 88 children. It is a sobering fact that I think our society is finally seriously grappling with and attempting to unearth its causes and best ways to treat it, as we now have the month of April dedicated to Autism awareness.
As a result we’ve been barraged by a litany of studies and research results all incumbent on finding the culprit to this condition, and in a study, scientists seem to be getting closer to finding a gene, present in the father’s DNA, that may be associated with some forms of Autism. But it is also not conclusive that having that gene will give one Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And if you do possess this gene, having that information will not verify the severity your offspring’s autism.
If my child had ASD I’m not sure how I would feel about this; would I want to get my husband tested to see if he was a carrier of that gene?
Perhaps if we were planning on having more kids. But being armed with that information- would that prevent me from trying to get pregnant- I also don’t know. I can’t possibly imagine what it might be like to raise a child on the spectrum and all the joy, and at times pain that journey might take. Would knowing that there is a genetic marker that may be the culprit to your child’s ASD have any impact on you, and will it or does it change anything for you or your future offspring?