Quoting Autumn Whisper:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mom2William&Michael:</b>" I haven't had to go through this with ... [snip!] ... surgery and perfect hearing after. We had to do a second surgery with adenoids removal, but it has been totally worth it."
Them thinking he was special needs stemmed from hearing issues. He had a lot of trouble communicating (he was also severely tongue tied and couldn't talk well until operated on for that, too, and attending speech therapy) and between the difficulties he had with all of that, it also made him get frustrated and act out.