reply to post by Amethyst
A very tough situation. My son began reading at age 2, for real. At age 1 he knew his alphabet, even though he had to pronounce things like "X" by
clucking. He would point to things that liked like "x" and cluck. At 6 weeks he was verbalizing when he was hungry "good" which is what we called
breast ers saw it. At just over 1 we went to the zoo and he read my dad's t-shirt. "G-O-O-G-L-E pells Google" he said sweeping his finger back and
forthe showing he knew that the letters joined to make words. In his late twos he could read words like "reservation" effortlessly, stunning
We knew he was bright, but some things were just crazy. He got his first computer at age 2 and spent 16 hours a day mastering it, sitting in his high
chair and slamming down yogurt. He was obsessed and absolutely refused to stop. In 2 days he mastered the mouse and Elmo's Preschool.
But all was not so easy. He was extremely rigid He insisted on putting his toys in a straight line. He hated bright lights and machine noises to the
extreme. He didn't like other children. When they came near he shook his finger and said "Way Way" (as in put them away). Though he also enjoyed
their company. When he was 2 or 3 he wouldn't play with other children, but preferred to run toward the street.
All of which disturbed me greatly, since I spent several years working with autistic and developmentally disabled adults. I knew autistic people who
could read. I also felt ther was hope and a way to connect, but I was not allowed to do "behavior modification" even though it worked, as far as I
So, in a way I don't know. My kid, I did all I could because nobody can stop me. I behavior modified every agonizing minute of our lives to keep him
connected. Touch, physical action, computer games, excitement. Anything to get him to know that I am what he needs, not his self stimulation. I would
stop the self-stimulation and interact with him instead. I know self-stimulation is a rat hole autistic people fall into. I've seen it and I know
they can be pulled out.
Anyway, my son just got through Kindergarten. At the start his teachers tried to portray him as autistic. In the end they recognized he's alot
smarter than his peers. ALOT. As in thy aren't supposed to say these things, but he really stands out, reading several grade levels ahead and already
corrected his teachers' mistakes a couple of times.
BTW he toilet trained VERY late at a few weeks before age 6. The vebal just started kicking at 6 but he jumped years ahead now before 7. He has a
severe food allergy, typical of Einstein Syndrome kids.
So, what's up? Very hard to say. It's rare enough you'd be hard pressed to be able to rub 2 of them together to study them. So all the "science
based" people who want to push services have no credibility.
One more thing. Under the law, if you agree to special education services even once in Kindergarten or later, then all special ed. falls under
"administrative law" forever after. That essentially means the school can do whatever it wants and your wishes don't count. So you can keep your
kid out frpm the start, or the school can keep them in forever.
It's all related the the legislatively created "autism spectrum disorder" which was created by lawmakers, not doctors. DO YOUR RESEARCH!
My son NEVER met the clinical definition of autism. The school desperately lied about facts and tried to get him classified as autistic or autism
spectrum disorder. It made my life hell because of all the legal and medical research I had to do. But in the end I figured it out and told them to
Oh. Einstein Syndrome. little violins. It's alot tougher than it sounds.