He can express himself so much better on paper. Usually none of us know what is really going on inside of him. He proudly held out his journal and told me to read it. Here is an entry I'd like to share. My son is almost seventeen. He said many times how important it was for him to try in school and once he mentioned that making fun of people is bad and that although he is black nobody makes fun of him (but maybe they do behind his back). I almost never know what is going on in that head of his and there was a lot more, but the journal at least reassured me that he is a sensitive, good person who is a deep thinker, although not much of a talker: "My first wish I woud wish for alot of money to help pay for my family, my second wish, I woud try to help the world with all its problems, I would wish for all of the video games I can play. I think if I had every game I woud get bored and stop playing for a while." In another post he said he didn't like the color red because it reminded him of death. He liked blue because it calmed him. He also said he didn't want to grow up that much, but he did look forward to his driver's license...lol. Often he talks of the love of his family, which made me cry because he doesn't express it out loud (although it's easy to tell he loves us). He is a sweet young man who defintely is on the spectrum, bless him. Not sure why I posted, but...I wanted to sh are with other Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) moms. Writing is his hardest subject in school.