All of our issues from the past made sense and the puzzle fell into place,” said Diana Anderson of Spokane, Washington.
Before her 55-year-old husband got an autism diagnosis three years ago, Anderson couldn’t understand why he’d agree to do something she asked and then not follow through.
“All humans need that, especially from your spouse, and when you don’t get that it’s a lonely road.”So different are the styles of communication in marriages where one person has autism that “it’s as if they’re speaking different languages,” said Grace Myhill, director of The Peter M.
Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute, a Massachusetts program that trains therapists on working with people with autism.
Now she realizes that what she thought was passive-aggressive behavior is actually forgetfulness, a characteristic of autism.