Seventeen-year-old Alex Ebel struggles with the puzzle known as autism. Bob and Suzanne Ebel adopted him from a Russian orphanage before he was 2. By age 4, they knew he was not developing normally. At age 5, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum PDD-NOS, a complex diagnosis that means pervasive developmental delays, not otherwise specified. He had speech and language issues, learning issues, acute anxiety disorder. It’s meant years of therapy.
One problem for Alex was sensory processing disorder. His skin is overly sensitive, and he is very aware of the feel of clothes he wears. Alex is comfortable with the feel of Polo shirts. He also likessameness in his routine. Therefore, he wears Polo shirts almost exclusively. And that has led him to a hobby that has helped him immensely.