On the way home from work this afternoon I heard an ad for "Autism Speaks" on the radio and immediately thought of one of our youngest members who has been diagnosed with some form of this. It seems science has come a long ways from my first encounter with an autistic child back in the 70s -- Bobby was barely verbal but had incredible visual perception as shown in his drawings. Reading the Grow With Itpage, "Depending on his capabilities, he may excel at jobs that require enormous amounts of concentration but limited intense interaction with others, such as computer programming or graphic design", Bobby is probably now a superb graphics artist. One can hope, anyway.
The website indicates that the early identification is a good indicator. (And whoa, "computer programming"? Follow Dad's footsteps at Microsoft?)
But we as a parish have not yet addressed the issue of having in our midst a young'un with clearly different perceptions and responses and most of us, myself included, don't know how to constructively interact with the kid.
I think we're overdue to learn. This is one of "our own."