Today sitting in a cafe I spotted a fairly obvious autistic child sat with a couple who I guessed were his grandparents. Then again I could be wrong, they may have been his parents, having had children in later life. Anyway, I digress.
I sat there trying to decide whether to go up and say hi, and if so, then what. He obviously had needs but would they be offended if I walked up and acknowledged the child’s issues and ‘diagnosed’ without so much as a by your leave? In the end I left it. I was scared of offending or upsetting them. But would a stranger’s kind words and compassion from being in a similar situation have offended them or would they have welcomed the shared bond that is forged between ASD parents?
I’m still not sure what I should have done. What would you have done?