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When Your Young Adult With Down Syndrome Is Diagnosed With Autism

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“I wish I could show people how much their presents mean to me, but I can’t. I hate opening presents in front of people, I just can’t help it.

Darn this autism.” These words, spoken by a successful young Autistic adult, registered with me immediately. Movie clips from the last 20 years of my daughter Yassy’s life started running through my head.

The countless birthdays she enjoyed seeing her friends, but really did not like opening their presents, to the point where we often just explained to people she preferred to open them in private at home.

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