The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports on an autistic third-grader who finished first among special-education students in the Louisiana Readers Association’s Young Authors Contest. The boy, Ben Alexander, turned out to be a gifted writer after his family found a way of steadying his hand during the typing process. Once he developed the ability to type, he was able to put his previously unexpressed thoughts into words. Critics, however, argued that Alexander’s writing might have been aided by the adults holding his hands during the process. The Jefferson Parish school system disagrees, saying the boy is truly gifted.