[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bright, even charming, she nonetheless never felt comfortable in groups or making small talk. A hard worker, she had a tough time finding or keeping a steady job. Could it have been her unvarying wardrobe, her lack of eye contact, her encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek? Then there were the times in public when a loved one would pull her aside and plead, “Be normal.”
But a few years ago, when her son Matthew, now 6, wasn’t meeting developmental milestones despite early intervention services, Lowther took him to a specialist. The doctor noted certain telltale behaviors of autism – walking on his tiptoes, rocking, wiggling fingers near his eyes.