A note:  What to say about that provisional diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disabilities, there being no such diagnosis in the then-current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III [DSM-III].

Autism is the word Dr. Temple speaks to me July 12, 1994, the early, great gift he gives me, and Rainman the sole resource he cites to me, as a movie to get and watch.

Then, Dr. Temple bends his head of dark, slightly thinning hair, his dark winged eyebrows shadowing his large, wire-rimmed glasses, sliding down his long nose, toward his rather tight smile, chin dimple, looking for all the world like a cleanly-barbered Professor Snape at Hogwarts.

To help me understand he gives me his hand-drawn sketch:[1]

Mild Ruffin Severe
Pervasive Developmental Disorder Autism

How else would I engage the glossary of a library book?

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