Learning about autism and about life

We have a young, autistic grandson. It sometimes seems as though he lives in a world all his own. The rest of us are hardly noticed, yet he’s learned the basic things like being hungry and going to the bathroom.

I ponder what he’s doing as he gets out his mother’s phone, which is low on energy. He brings it to me, says, “Battery low,” then he goes to the electrical receptacle, attaches the phone to its cable, and plugs it in.

Many look at autistic people and consider them to be handicapped. Autism, however, like all mental abilities, comes in all sizes. Joey has learned what needs to be done and how to do it to solve the problem. That makes me wonder about the rest of us. We each see things a little differently and learn how to cope with each step of growing up.

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