Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 13

the art of autism Kevin’s Story: Painting the World with Colors When my son Kevin was in Kindergarten, out of all the bright colors in the crayon box, he always picked the black one. Instead of holding the crayon between his forefinger and thumb like the other kids, he grasped the crayon tightly in his right fist and scribbled dark circles in the center of the paper. “A black spider?” I guessed. “No, a train,” he said in his signature low and flat voice. “That’s the smoke?” I asked, pointing to black swirls on the paper. “A train,” he insisted. At that time, I assumed art was not his