William, the youngest of four children, the only son and much wanted,
was born at a relatively easy time in his parents' lives. Graduate school
was behind them, careers established, the mortgage no longer burdensome, and
their three girls were doing well in school. They settled into a semirural
community in the northeast, where they felt comfortable and had many ties
of family and friends.
From age 2 William was a problem. At first it was hard to pinpoint.
He was always darting back and forth and fidgeting. He did not seem to listen
or even to hear. Unlike his sisters, he could not sit through a bedtime story.
His sleep was irregular, gradually leading to all-night sojourns: his jumping,
banging, and crying kept everyone awake. He took to throwing his toys out
the window to watch them break.
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