One of the staff found out about The Album Project and suggested I attend a program featuring two adults with autism, Sean Baron and Barbara Protopapa. Largely this kind of a program is a thing of the past since my son, at 36, is doing fine. Unlike parents of younger individuals, he has a home, a job and is generally doing well.
Both Sean and Barbara are older than Isaac and are fairly articulate. They have the affective language that Isaac completely lacks. They do have some of the odd mannerisms and the stories of their childhoods reflect pretty classic autism. So what happened to cause them to gain the skills that other like them lack? Best I could tell they grew out of it. That is not to say that years of parental and professional intervention was irrelevant. But, these two individuals, much like Temple Grandin, had something connect in their development that others exposed to many of the same support did not. I am certain that many of my friends in the professional community would dispute it. But the evidence was not there last night.