Okay, so just a little thought experiment to get you clever and creative folks discussing...
Morpheus sits you down and places a small green pill in front of you saying how it will instantly and painlessly 'cure' you of your autism, giving you the neurotypicality you would've had from birth, had things been different.
Do you take the pill?
I'd have to wish my two Daughters out of existencce so that's a NO.
All I wish is that I knew about it right from the start , I have a lifetime of merciless self-recrimination behind me, I'd rather not have gone through that
I've heard a few people say the same thing, wishing they'd had their diagnosis as a child instead of in adulthood, but I can't understand that. Back when I was a child, in the 70's and 80's, (even if the diagnostic criteria HAD existed) there were NO support services for autism! Had I been diagnosed back then I'd have been even more marginalised than I was by struggling along in ignorance by myself.
Services nowadays are only beginning to catch up and children now have access to much more help but they're still dropped from the radar as soon as they hit 16 - in some ways I wonder if that's worse than what I went through because I wasn't lulled into a false sense of security in expecting people to understand me. I think it's cruel not to provide services for teenagers and young adults too.
Unless you all mean that you wish you were children nowadays instead of back in the bad old days? While that would be better in terms of service availability, I wouldn't want to revisit my childhood for ANYTHING!! (But that's a whole different story ...)
I agree Endymion. I have often said, my only ever, what I would call, ‘real’ childhood friend, was a boy in my first year at school. He soon got sent away to a ‘special’ school, whatever the hell that was. And the truth is, if they had put me in a room, meeting my needs for food and shelter, I would have been quite happy, to stay all day long in that room, by myself. As such, that didn’t happen. I somehow fell through the net, even though I had been admitted as a child, to the hospital for kids with learning difficulties. So I had to learn, much needed survival skills, if I was ever going to have a life outside of a single room and for that, I am grateful my autism wasn’t picked up sooner. I may not use all the skills I learned but what I can do, is now discern which of those skills are most useful to me now, in light of my diagnosis and as an adult with a good deal of life experience, I’m in a better position now to be able to make decisions, than I was when I was younger. So I would say, my diagnosis came at just the right time.