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I suspect my daughter may be autistic.
My daughter is aged 24 and there are quite a lot of aspects of her personality that I find very difficult to deal with. I have always known that she was a bit different. She struggled with friendships at both primary and secondary school and was bullied in secondary education. She went away to university but made no friends in the first year and was very lonely. I encouraged her to go back in the second year but she nearly did not go. Things improved from here as she shared a house with some other girls and although these did not turn out to be close friendships she seemed happier. My daughter finds any sort of change in her life difficult to cope with and struggles trying anything new, in the beginning I thought that it was just that she was shy, as some aspects of her personality are similar to mine but I think it is more than that, she does not focus her eyes on people,when forced to make conversation and never strikes up any conversations of her own accord. She is polite if you ask her questions but never instigates anything of her own will. If I try to talk to her about anything that do she does not want to talk about she bursts into tears and gets really angry. She has had three boyfriends over the last few years as she is quite attractive but although these have lasted a while the boys have always ended the relationship with her and I suspect that they eventually realise that she is different. I am pretty sure that my ex husband is also autistic as he was very lacking in emotion during our 25 year marriage and lost his job in management after many years because of his lack of understanding of his co workers. I am very worried about my daughter as she spends long periods on her own in her room and does not appear to want to engage with any family members, her sibling is a severely physically disabled brother who is highly intelligent but takes up a lot of my time.
We have lots of extended family who meet up regularly for get togethers and there are many younger members but my daughter refuses to come Along or join in with any social activities.
She has a lovely singing voice but refuses to join an choirs etc where she may meet new people. A previous school teacher commented that she was a lovely singing voice but lacked all emotion when singing. I thought she just did not like my daughter but now when I think back I think she may have had a point.
I am very sad about this situation but not sure what I can do to improve things for her or what to encourage her to do. I worry that we can spend a whole,day together and getting her to have a conversation with me is like pulling teeth. This always amounts to me talking and her just answering my questions. Some days I can count on one hand the conversations we have had through the day.