Quote of the Day

“begin to picture the brain metaphorically as a tangled ball of
Christmas lights. When you plug it in, there are strands that light up
perfectly and there are dark zones where a single burned-out bulb has
caused a line to go out. If the bulb for Exchanging-Smiles-With-Mother
doesn’t light up, then Empathy won’t be kindled farther along the
strand, or Playfulness, or Theory of Mind (the insight that other
people have different thoughts from yours). The electrical current
won’t reach the social-skill set, the communication skills, creativity,
humor or abstract thinking.”

-Melissa Fay Greene, writing in the NY Times on autism and development