I would not be surprised if it is true that many autistic children love the water but I have to question a bit some of the comments, highlighted in bold, of one of the experts quoted in the article on news-journalonline.com:
And drowning is a leading cause of death for autistic children, said Orlando-based psychologist Terri Daly, who has worked with Christopher and his family.
Yet his inability to understand the gravity of the situation -- and the dangers that lurk beneath the ocean's surface -- might have kept Christopher from desperately fighting the current and sapping his strength.
"It . . . speaks to the observation that children with autism are very much at peace -- very relaxed -- in the water," said Michael Alessandri, a Coral Gables-based clinical professor of psychology and autism expert. "The situation was likely not exacerbated because the child did not panic -- did not realize (the) danger he may have been in -- and stayed calm."
The Chris Marino story is one that cheers us all. But parents and caregivers might not want to simply assume that all autistic children are at ease in the water particularly if drowning is a leading cause of death amongst autistic children as stated by Psychologist Terry Daly.