Police paid a friendly visit to a boy whose mum put out a plea on Facebook asking for people to send him birthday cards.
Ben Jackson's mother, Lisa, detailed how nobody had turned up to his last birthday party despite sending out 25 invitation in the online post.
The whir and motion of a fan, the tick-tock of a clock, or the drip-drip of a coffeemaker grabbed William’s attention even more than smiling faces, melodic voices, or welcoming eyes. William often contorted his body and arched his back upwards.
He appeared utterly beguiled by the sensory world around him.
He has battered her with a cricket bat, lashed out at classmates, and even broke his teacher's thumb during his uncontrollable daily outbursts.
The mother-of-three said his behaviour is so uncontrollable parents at his first school launched a petition to have him expelled.
Jacqueline, William’s mother, realized that he was a quirky baby within weeks of his birth.
When she held him in her arms, he seemed more fascinated by objects in his field of vision than by faces.
However, his 11th birthday proved to be very different with the schoolboy receiving thousands of cards in addition to a visit from police officers, making his day one to remember.
Police Sergeant Roger Loxton-Gear from Hampshire Constabulary dropped by with a present and card for the youngster.
It is very hard to tease apart giftedness and precociousness in young children, and if you are an early reader with a strong vocabulary and good memory, you can end up with a much higher score than you would if you were tested when you were older.