The Question and Answer section for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I think we learn that life is complicated and messy even without raising a disabled child. The stress of a child with special needs can add conflict and stress to a marriage. I sympathize with the whole family. We do not really get to see mother's...
I think this is asking for your opinion rather than mine.
Working with the autistic gives one an insight into the way they think, react, and cope. Some traits are shared, others are unique.