Autism – A New Understanding

A woman brought her son into my office and within minutes, he started moving his hand, making waves in the air above his head. His mother saw this and said, “You see that is not normal. That is one of the reasons I had him assessed!” I asked the mother if I could talk to her four year old son. She gave me permission and I asked the boy if he was seeing numbers above his head. He said “Yes.” I asked if all the numbers went together. He said “Yes, big numbers, all fitting together.” I said to his mother “You see, children with autism don’t fit into our norm but that is only because they are way beyond us.” His mother was completely taken aback. The intelligence of children with autism is immeasurable; our usual tests cannot measure it. And unfortunately, our regular school systems often bore these children.

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