Life on the spectrum: Mothers tell stories of children with autism

A child stares at a wall for an hour. He lines up toys precisely in the playroom, in his bath and outside. Impatient for supper, he pulls on his mother’s clothes, whines, grunts, points and cries but does not say what he wants. Looking back after receiving a diagnosis for autism, many parents see such events as precursors to their child’s later diagnosis of autism.


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