August 29, 2009

Autism Comes Home

It would be accurate, if highly misleading, to say that I grew up with autism. I spent my childhood working and playing in my father's lab--my father being a neuropathologist who researches the condition. I also met a great many autistic individuals through both my father and my time at Georgia Tech.

This all said, while I realized that Bertrand exhibits autistic behavior, I did not consider him autistic. A week with my dad changed that and stripped away my last hope for normalcy. Even if no genetic condition (such as Rett syndrome) is identified, Bertrand is still autistic and pretty severely at that.

1 comment :

  1. What exactly did you learn that would make you consider B to be autistic? If that is the case, was your dad able to give you ideas as to how to begin to work with that?