What Is Face-Blindness?
One day, I met the friend of a friend at an indoor play area, and we swapped stories of our sons’ diagnosis and therapies. The other mom was really struggling with her son’s recent diagnosis, and she was asking me some very pointed and personal questions about my son’s development, in the curious way that special needs parents sometimes befriend each other. At one point her son ran up to a stranger, started hugging her and signing for food.“It happens all the time,” the boy's mother admitted. “He knows me by my shape, not by my face. When his grandmother babysits, she says he doesn’t even notice that I’m gone.” Without considering the emotional impact of my words, I blurted out, “Oh, does he have face-blindness?” My friend answered with surprise and sadness, “I don’t know.”