Through the Spectrum

A change in the language doctors use to define autism could affect hundreds of thousands of children.

Jack Winegardner, one of the children who would be affected by changes to the definition of autism. It is Valentine’s Day in Jack’s first-grade class. A few at a time, his classmates get up to hand out their valentines, effortlessly matching names with the faces of their classmates until, empty-handed, they dart back to their seats. Jack glances down at the name on the top of his stack and wanders the maze of desks, staring intently, not at the children’s faces, but at the brown. . . Read more
Miriam Lauter

A brother, a sister, and the game of LIFE.

Austin stared straight past the Rolos, Snickers, and Skittles at the New York City subway map taped to the newsstand window. When I called to him, he merely blinked and continued tracing the map’s lines with his eyes. I took his hand and tried to pull him down Third Avenue, but he dug in his heels and screeched. Reaching into my pocket, I fished out two quarters and plonked them on the counter. “Here you go, Columbus,” the vendor joked as he slid Austin a. . . Read more
Haley Cohen