Having a grandchild on the autism spectrum

Rebeccah: Interview 10

Female
Age at interview: 64

Brief outline: Rebeccah's older grandson was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome aged 2.

Background: Rebeccah is a retired charity consultant. She lives with her husband and has two sons and two grandchildren. Ethnicity/nationality: White British.

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Rebeccah and her husband have two sons, and their older son has two boys aged 7 and 4. The older grandson was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome aged 2. While Rebeccah doesn’t see her grandchildren as much as she would like, she has a very close relationship with both of them and describes them as “a delight, an absolute delight”. 
 
She sees her role as a grandparent is to be supportive and thinks that she “would bend over backwards” to help because she is aware of the difficulties that the family face. Rebeccah is conscious of spending time with her younger grandson and making sure he doesn’t miss out too much. She describes how her daughter-in-law does a good job of making sure her grandson gets the best support and how the family are all concerned to make sure he has the opportunities to lead a happy and successful life.
 
Rebeccah is well supported by a great set of friends and says that while she would have wished it to be otherwise, the most important thing is that her grandson is happy.
 
Rebeccah is his paternal grandmother. We also spoke to Sally his maternal grandmother (see Sally’s story).

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