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Colin Vieweg plays with his robotic toy project kit while staying at his grandmother's home after school. David Samson / The Forum

Understanding Asperger's syndrome

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Colin Vieweg possesses a level of maturity beyond his years. He's also prone to pronouncements delivered with an air of erudition that have earned him an affectionate family nickname: the Little Professor.

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He started to read at the age of 3, a skill that was well established by kindergarten, leading him to announce: "Mom, I'm bored. I already know how to write my name."

"He's always been so bright and so charming," his mother, Emily Vieweg, says. "He's just a happy kid."

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