A couple years ago, a highly regarded pediatric neurologist had a hunch that Ben had Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, which has symptoms similar to autism. She recommended treating Ben with prednisone, and informed us of the side effects (see photos). Teresa and I agreed, if reluctantly, to move forward. Ben saw no benefits from the treatment, but we didn’t give it much chance. You see, his mother discontinued the prednisone early on, after the onset of shingles, and I supported her decision. That we caused no lasting harm to Ben is of some comfort. Still, when I look at this photo, it absolutely breaks my heart.