J was recently diagnosed with high-functioning autism (Aspergers). We always knew he had a different kind of mind. From day one, he was a very fussy baby and always looked a bit nervous. When my wife signed up for a “mommy and me” class at age one, he already was avoiding social interaction with other kids and wouldn’t participate in the activities.
He always had trouble entertaining himself. Other parents would say things like, “I just put my baby down on the floor with his toys and he plays while I get dinner ready.” Never so with him. He’d always need us to stimulate him. Or on the contrary, he’d have trouble settling down. In short, he was always different–and often frustratingly so. Continue reading “A different mind”