Originally Posted by Arian Maverick
Oh yes, this was one of the reasons why the specialists were hesitant to diagnose my brother as autistic when he first showed signs of what they believed to be pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)...they did not believe it possible for a truly autistic child to be so emotionally responsive and have the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships. But our Shawn proved them wrong!
I'm not trying to be snoopy here, but I thought you said his disability was the result of taking medication to which he had a bad reaction.
"Truly autistic," I would think, would refer to a child born autistic who continued to be autistic -- yes?
Well, okay, maybe you would like Temple Granden's writings.
You'll find interviews of her, along with other interesting stories, at NPR.org. You can listen to them while working on something else.