Alex Mont, age 9, is autistic. He is
also considered a math genius. His
ability with numbers exhilarates his
teachers, even as his erratic behavior
causes them concern.
A "high-functioning" autistic, Alex
attends school at Candlewood
Elementary in Rockville, Md., where
he alternates between relating to the
children around him and seeming
closed off in his own world. His
family strives to give him as normal a
childhood as possible by trying to
understand the solitude and quiet of
the world inside his mind.