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The Monster Inside My Son

Salon has a moving and upsetting article by Ann Bauer who writes about living with her teen-aged autistic son who turned from angelic achiever to violent ogre, threatening her and attacking other women. She doesn’t know what caused the change, but wonders if excess testosterone and autism might be a dangerous cocktail.

Ann had to deal with discovering that autism isn’t necessarily a blessing, as she’d always advocated. She also discovered that it seems to be taboo within the autism community to talk of violence, although there are many, many comments that recount similar, hidden family stories.


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