Autistic boy is Rubik’s Cube wizard

SAN DIEGO – One of the fastest Rubik’s Cube players in the world is an autistic 10-year-old who lives in San Diego.

Max Park started playing with Rubik’s Cube several years ago as part of his autism therapy.

“Initially, the reason to do it was to work with his motor skills,” saud Max’s dad, Schwan Park.

Rubik's cubeHe became enthralled by the puzzle, and  he asked his parents to take him to Los Angeles to watch some of the best compete.

“We thought let’s bring him there. Its good experience,” Park said.

Max ended up on the competition floor, solving a 6-by-6 Rubik’s Cube in less than three minutes.  His time won him a division title and placed him among the best 100 players in the world.

“Some of these kids were college-age kids, and he was doing that well. That was a surprise,” the father said.

Max’s mom, Miki, said whenever Max isn’t doing homework, he spends his off time trying to come up with new moves on his Rubik’s Cube. He’s also working on mastering other hobbies such as stacking cups and training to run a 5K.

“He’s constantly surprising us,” she said.

16 comments

    • Bittergamer1886

      Papen, shut your face. For one thing, you are right, it's not a disease, it's a mental disorder. You don't "catch" autism. Second, to quote Wikipedia, "The earliest well-documented case of autism is that of Hugh Blair of Borgue, as detailed in a 1747 court case in which his brother successfully petitioned to annul Blair's marriage to gain Blair's inheritance. The Wild Boy of Aveyron, a feral child caught in 1798, showed several signs of autism; the medical student Jean Itard treated him with a behavioral program designed to help him form social attachments and to induce speech via imitation." And Asperger's Syndrome was discovered all the way back in 1944 by Hans Asperger (Who was born in 1906 and was confirmed to have Aspergers). Third, I should know all of this because I myself have it.

      So, considering you think Autism is a disease, you don't have it, and know next to nothing about it, you have no right whatsoever to judge poor children and other persons with Autism like that, and in fact, have no good argument in general. Now kindly shut your trap.

      • Sharon

        Bittergamer1886: As I have taught my autistic daughter when she is confronted by ignorance like that above: "I might have autism, but I am learning how to make it work for me. I can't say that's going so well with your ignorance."

    • guest

      interesting you would say something so shallow and narrowminded yet you are enough time to be reading this article and posting your ignorant comment

    • Charlene

      Mothers in general don't have "too much time on their hands" and then throw in a special needs child and its not possible. Typical response from an idiot who probably has no kids……new age mom….really?

  • ECurless

    Wow I have too much time on my hands huh? Let me give you a play by play of my day and you tell me I have too much time. 1:30am my 3 year old wakes up and comes into my room needing me to hold him. I settle him down and put him back to bed. 2am he is back for more. This goes on until approx 3am. 4am my husband comes home from work and goes to bed. By now I am pretty much awake. I attempt to doze until 6:30am when I have to get up with my Autistic 7 year old to get him ready for school. at 7:30am I drive him to school. Get home and my 3 year old is now up for the day. I change him, get him dressed and make him breakfast. I also cook my husband's dinner for work and get it put in the fridge. After all that I get laundry started, load the dishwasher and vacuum. If it's a day for meetings I prepare for a team to show up at my home to discuss the progress my two boys are making. at 11:30am my husband wakes up and I make him and my little one lunch before the little guy goes to preschool at 12:30. From 12:30-2:30 I get stuff done I couldn't when he was home/awake. We go and get him at 2:45 and get my oldest off the bus at 3:20. My husband leaves for work at 3:45pm. I start dinner at 4pm while helping my oldest with his homework and getting my 3 year old to not trash the house. We eat around 5:30pm. That takes a good hour of coaxing. At 6:30pm they get a bath and are in bed around 7pm. From 7-11pm I attempt to get the rest of the housework done, checks written for bills and maybe an hour of TV in before I go to bed around 11:30. I sleep until 1:30am which is where this all began. Now throw in meltdowns, arguments, over stimulation…..I don't have that much ME time.

    • Terry

      ECurless

      My heart goes out to you and all the others with Autistic children. I have a behavioral science degree and a grandson who is 6 years old and autistic. It takes all of us to structure our daily activities just so we avoid the meltdowns that may or may not happen in public locations or in our private homes and you are taking care of two autistic children; you are an amazing woman. Ignor Vonpapen, people like him/her have no idea the commitment, love, and compassion it takes to have children with autistim nor will they ever know the joy of seeing one of these children make their first connection with something and see that amazement in their eyes when it happens and the tears of joy that comes pouring our of the eyes of the family members like you that have been there through thick and thin and were able to help make that connection happen. It takes special people like yourself to be there for these amazing individuals; thank god there are people like you in this world. God bless you and your family.

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