What I want to know is, how do/did you handle it when you tell someone your child is nontypical/neurodiverse/autistic/developmentally challenged/special needs and they respond with something to the effect:
"He's fine. He's too young. I know someone, my [niece/brother/uncle/son/friend/ friend's niece/friend's brother/friend's uncle/friend's son/friend's friend] and they were a late talker and now they are an [astronaut/astrophysicist/aerospace engineer/ Avon lady] ."
When I go on to explain stimming and sensory issues, non-receptive language, possible behavioral issues being more of a concern than his being non-verbal - I feel like I get blank stares. I sometimes want to go into the clinical diagnosis criteria of th DSM-IV and sometimes I want to say p*ss off. I think what I should actually do is somewhere in between, but I haven't nailed it yet. Suggestions?
And yes, I know that one option might be to just smile and walk away too...