It's true that words like "Autism" or "Aspergers" are quickly becoming unfashionable. After all, most criminals wear one of those labels these days. In fact, we usually hear about a killer having a mental health issue being on the autism spectrum as soon as the drooling reporters hit the crime scene. It's been so publicized and misused that a mom like me hesitates before I tell anyone.
Thank you society for pushing me here.
There is no mistaking when you've spent some time with my youngest that there is something different. Yes, there is a beauty underneath that curly mop of hair, but you likely will never see her eyes because she won't make eye contact with anybody she doesn't know very well. If you bend down and address her directly, she will run. It doesn't really matter if she does run, because she is non-verbal.
But for goodness sake, don't ask me why she is the way she is, because I don't want to use the word "Autistic" anymore. I don't want you to visualize a pimply kid in a trench coat sporting assault weapons. Then again, they have you looking at a .22 hunting rifle as an assault weapon, so maybe all of our definitions and views are slightly askew.