In 2003 my nephew was diagnosed was Asperger Syndrome. He's an incredibly gifted child, but exhibits deficiencies in the social skills expected for his normal age group. Asperger children display autistic-like behaviors that can range from mild to severe. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest, but can show exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. This is the case with my little nephew... he shows exceptional talent beyond his years. Thanks to the wonderful support of family, he was able to start Kindergarten classes within the mainstream school system. The program he attends makes modifications and adaptations to his special needs which enables our little Mattie to find balance in daily living activities. I am blown away by his abilities and skills. He truly wins your heart.
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