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After Learning That His Daughter Had Autism, He Made An Odd Discovery About Himself

Just after their daughter was born, Jessica and Chris Offer realized that she wasn’t “neurotypical,” which means that their unique little girl has some quirks.

They do everything they can to make her happy and comfortable, but caring for her is way less overwhelming now that they know she has autism. While the little one’s diagnosis was big news in itself, they were totally stunned by what they figured out afterward.

Here’s what they learned, in Jessica’s words:

{on the blog…} “My husband and I celebrated 10 years of being together yesterday. 10 years since we first met. We actually have 3 anniversaries (yep) but this one is the one I regard to be the most important because it was this one that marks the date that life as I knew it would be tipped upside down. God, my husband is gorgeous. He is the most incredible father who is ever present for his tribe of girls. He has this cheeky grin and he has a great sense of humour and makes me laugh a lot. He’s so bright. He teaches me lots of things. He also is fantastic at pulling me up when I’ve taken something too far and he’ll often be the first person to roll his eyes and sigh with a comment like “why must you always insist on learning things the hard way?” (Because that’s me, baby, a bull in your china shop). My husband is a 33 year old male. He’s also autistic. We were together 7 years before we realised he had autism. It wasn’t until after my eldest daughter was diagnosed after a few years of back and forth deliberation on my behalf that we finally got her assessed, and diagnosed – and THEN it occurred to us that Cj was too. I knew my eldest daughter wasn’t “neurotypical” from about age 4 in kindergarten. /// continued on blog, link in profile 👆🏻 #autism #autistichusband #love #girltribe

A photo posted by Jessica O (@girl.tribe) on Mar 2, 2016 at 8:56pm PST

With two of her four daughters now diagnosed with autism, along with her husband Chris, Jessica certainly has a unique home life. But in many ways, knowing the truth has brought them all closer together.

A photo posted by Jessica O (@girl.tribe) on Mar 11, 2016 at 9:48pm PST

Mom and Dad love their girls so much, and now that Dad knows he has autism, he can better understand what his favorite ladies are going through.

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Awesome Daddies patiently apply hair chalk to their daughter’s hair.. And then allow them to return the favour! #hairchalk #girltribe

Posted by GirlTribe on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“I’m still doing the same things that I’ve always done, but I’m doing them differently with a more conscious mind,” Chris explained.

“Autism didn’t change my husband. He’s never not been autistic, and it’s what makes him who he is,” Jessica wrote, “but his formative years would have been a lot less stressful for him if his autism had been recognized.” Together, the family now works to raise awareness about early signs of autism. Their goal is to help people live their best lives with all of the tools they need to make every day great.

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