Read the full article, At UC Davis MIND Institute, learning can be child's play for autistic at Sacramento Bee Online.
...Four years ago, when her older son Josiah was 2 years old and diagnosed with autism, her reaction was more emotional.
"I remember feeling, 'I don't know my child,' " she said, taking a deep breath.
"When you have a baby, and it has all its toes, and it's apparent to everyone that it's normal, you start to dream for the child," she said, raising a tissue to the corner of her eye. "But when you get a diagnosis with autism, you have to let go of all those dreams. … You don't know if the child will talk, get a job, have a friend. You have to let go of everything."
Now, every time her sons learn a new skill, she said she's filled with pride. "But you still cry..."