Dating an autistic man
Those are some of the many challenges facing people with partners who have autism.
Comedian Amy Schumer recently sparked a national conversation about the topic when she revealed during her latest stand-up routine that her husband of 13 months had received a diagnosis of the neurodevelopmental disorder, which typically makes social interactions challenging.“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” she said in her show, “Growing,” which is now streaming on Netflix.
But Lean says hers is a “dream relationship” because her new husband willingly accommodates her needs.
Gail notes that her husband’s unfiltered comments have included matter-of-factly telling her she stinks when the deodorant has worn off at the end of a day.
Karen Lean had specified in her online profile on a dating website that she didn’t like loud bars.“The amount of energy I have to spend to process sensory information makes social information even harder to take in,” the Boston resident told Healthline.
Lean, who has received a diagnosis of autism, notes that she can’t pay attention to facial expressions, posture, and gestures when there are auditory distractions.
People with autism also might have trouble understanding what others are saying, whether the message is verbal (they may take figures of speech literally and fail to recognize sarcasm) or in the form of body language.
One of every 59 children has autism, according to 2018 estimates by the .