Liam is an outsider at school because he looks weird to everyone. So he has to tap the fad with his right finger on his chest and speaks a bit mechanically but he is very intelligent and can remember facts. His favorite drink is cranberry apple grape juice.
He is shunned in the cafeteria of Max and two friends.
Ms. Moynihan teaches Max that although he is capable of protecting the world from a megalomaniac raptor, he should also be able to protect someone like Liam.
Later, Max talks to Liam and learns that he has Asperger's Syndrome. Max wonders why Liam does not look him in the face when he talks to him.
Finally, Moynihan tells Max she can not say anything specific about Liam, but about Asperger's Syndrome:
- Repetitive gestures
- Problems with eye contact
- Problems with facial expressions
- Problems with body posture
Moynihan teaches Max that normality is a matter of opinion and one should be patient with someone who has AS.
Moynihan also says Liam needs friends like everyone else.
Liam experiences how mutant bees go to school and tells facts about bees.
Later he witnesses Fiona and Caruso changing from their dinoform to their human form and back. He gets word that they know Max and want to stop the bees.
Immediately Liam gets soda and spatters the Dino Squad so that the bees can be attracted by the sweet smell they could follow to the lighthouse.
Liam actively supports the Dino Squad in getting the bees back to their normal state.
Fiona asked Liam anxiously if he would tell anyone about it, which Liam denies, because he knows he looks strange to others.
When he explains that bees follow her queen, Max understands that the queen is at school and can change her back.
Liam becomes the new friend and ally of the Dino Squad who accept him as he is.
- Liam is the first character in an animated television series that has Asperger's Syndrome.
- Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common. Signs usually begin before two years old and typically last for a person's entire life. The exact cause of Asperger's is unknown. While it is probably partly inherited, the underlying genetics have not been determined conclusively.