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This father found solace in golf; he plays with his son, who has Asperger's syndrome: (We dare you not to cry.)

This father found solace in golf; he plays with his son, who has Asperger's syndrome: (We dare you not to cry.)

The day my son was born was the happiest of my life. Before we even left the hospital my dreams were far ahead in time. Where would Michael go to college? Would he become a hockey goalie like his dad? How long until the Sundays of watching football and tackling each other in the living room? My dreams, however, soon became a nightmare. In our hearts, my wife, Nicole, and I knew something was wrong. When Michael was 2, he could cite his numbers 1 to 100 and the alphabet forward and backward, but he forgot the only word he could speak: Daddy. He flapped his arms, walked on his toes and would only spin his toys. Nicole began buying books on autism. Then I finally had to accept the truth, too. One day I came home from work and saw Michael banging his forehead on our hardwood floor and slapping himself in the face. I scooped him up and hugged and kissed him like I would never s...

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