Autism awareness can lower a few raised eyebrows

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I knew very little about the autism spectrum back in 2006, when I met the young boy who would become my son. My wife and I had been dating for several months when we decided it was time to introduce each other to our children. She explained that he had Asperger’s Syndrome and likely wouldn’t make eye contact — and to not take it personally if he avoided any physical contact like a firm handshake.

“And whatever you do, don’t tousle his hair,” she instructed with a squeeze of my hand. “He really doesn’t like that.”

Autism is a neurological developmental disability with symptoms generally appearing before age 3, impacting the development of the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function. 

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One thought on “Autism awareness can lower a few raised eyebrows

  1. We have a close friend whose 22 year old son has sever Autism. It was probably caused by a reaction to the MMR vaccination, as he was doing fine prior to that. Anything to raise awareness of the condition is to be welcomed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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