Welcome to the bewildering world of a 7-year-old fellow named Robbie. The eldest of three siblings, Robbie never cooed as an infant, or responded to his name, or interacted with other tots. At age two, he began having meltdowns. He didn’t begin to speak until age 4, about the time he was diagnosed with autism. Then he was diagnosed with both attention deficit disorder and anxiety disorder. Robbie still struggles with speech and language, and has trouble dealing with crowds and loud noises. All these issues have caused Robbie to struggle in the classroom setting, where he can lose control, lashing out and then receding into himself. Medications have helped somewhat with the anxiety and attention issues. But loud noises or crowded situations (such as in restaurants) still can cause Robbie to get over-excited, sometimes covering his ears, moaning and rocking. At home, he tends to stay off to himself, but then can erupt in a happy show of affection, such as when his grandparents come over and he hugs them tightly and pronounces, “I Love you!” Then he might launch into detailed explanations of Minecraft, Super Mario Brothers or other favored games before heading off again to be by himself.