He was calm and even cracking jokes, which made me angry.But I know he wasn't being like that on purpose - it's simply how he is.'To many women, Samantha's frustration at her husband's insensitivity will sound all too familiar.'He has had jobs where he's struggled because he sees no need to say hello to people every morning, for example - he feels if he's said it to someone once, what's the point in repeating it day after day.
'We've got much better at identifying the condition in young people, and often it's the case that a child will be diagnosed and then the family will recognise the traits in the father, too.'Asperger's can make navigating two people's needs in a relationship difficult.
'Our daughter Sophie is 18 weeks old, and I had an extremely difficult labour which resulted in an emergency Caesarean,' says Samantha, 41.
'I was terrified, but Andy seemed unaffected by the danger.
The couple, both 52, from Coventry, realised Nick had Asperger's when their youngest son was diagnosed with the condition at the age of ten.
She says: 'I knew he was a sensitive man, so I couldn't understand why he would behave like an inconsiderate idiot.