"Autism is not a handicap or a disability; it is a sign of the awakening of very powerful intellectual abilities, and it is a gift that needs intense stimuli and encouragement. When that awakening starts, the physical abilities the child has already developed get sidelined as the brain moves into extreme overdrive, and intense fascination with what is going on inside itself captures the child’s attention. The basic skills that the child was building are no longer interesting; they are boring and they get ditched as the infinitely creative inner world expands exponentially for the child. The child is not shutting down but growing intellectually at an incredible pace that allows no time for basic motor and social skills to continue normal development. If this is realized and the child is enthusiastically allowed to freely develop this inner world, then s/he will pick up the basics later, and possibly rather slowly because the inner world is so much more interesting and exciting than the humdrum activities that most small children are engaged in. Remember, the world you experience is illusory, and Reality lies within!
As the child becomes aware, as s/he will, that certain basic skills – reading, writing, talking, and socializing – are necessary for communication with the world outside themselves, they will focus enough attention there to enable them to pick these up quite quickly because they want to communicate with others about the things within that they find so fascinating. The vast inner world that an autistic child is discovering is a world of connections without limit. It is the collective mind to which every human has access and which everyone influences constantly. It is just that most are unaware of their connection to it and of the influence that they have on it and that it has on them.
Humanity has been evolving over the eons, as is generally understood and accepted, but that evolution is generally thought of as something that happens unconsciously, by chance, as circumstances change and new skills become necessary for survival. And evolution will continue to occur unconsciously over the eons as it has been doing, indefinitely, if you choose to remain unaware, but each one of you has the ability to evolve consciously, and autistic children are showing the way."