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Subject: Re: An Open Letter Date: 3/20/2012 1:22 PM
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And no matter what those answers are, your son is perfect.

Indeed.

My son, who is now 7, did not start talking until he was 3 1/2. Prior to that, he showed many the classic signs of autism/asperger's, and this prompted a lot of anxiety. However, at the same time, he had a near photographic memory, and had such a beautiful understanding of patterns that he taught himself to read on the computer - and only after he could read did he start talking. Even while he was not talking, I was in awe of his abilities and loved his sense of humor.

Early on my wife started researching food allergies that our son could have, and it turned out that he had a gluten intolerance and a dairy intolerance. Once these were removed from his diet, he began to change.

Today, 4 years later, with those foods absent from his diet, you would never know that he was such a late talker. What's left is a very bright and social kid, a first grader who is reading at a 5th grade level and a budding biologist who is currently assembling his own notebook on the food webs of all the different climate zones on the earth. Almost all the visible signs of asperger's have faded. It has been a long road, but seeing him today I couldn't be more proud of how far he has come.

Autism spectrum disorders have a lot hiding under the surface, and it seems that sometimes there are things going on that are very hard to detect. In our case, had my wife not spend years researching diet-related issues, I think its safe to say my son would today be considered typical asperger's syndrome. Of course, not all asperger's issues are diet related, but some are. And there is a lot of information out there now about all of this.

But in their own way, no matter how each child grows, I couldn't agree more - they are perfect.

Brian
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