“For those of you who don’t know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum. I went to his back to school night on Thursday and took a picture of one of his projects displayed on the wall, one of many cute little cards that all the kids in his class had filled out. It asked him to list his favorite foods, sport, TV shows etc.” That’s how Bob started his Facebook post that has quickly gone viral. He’s a heartbroken father, here’s picture of his sons homework he was talking about.
Seeing that his son had to write down that he had no friends crushed him. “Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren’t even directed at me….it was just an overly simplistic statement that spoke volumes.” Bob goes on to say in his Facebook post that he knows there’s not an easy solution. It’s not that kids in his sons class are overly and outright mean to him…they just exclude him. “The only solution I can come up with is to share this with you and ask that you have a conversation with your kids. Please tell them that children with special needs understand far more than we give them credit for. They notice when others exclude them. They notice when they are teased behind their back (a lot of times “behind their back” is right in front of them because they think the ‘different’ child doesn’t understand). But mostly they are very much in tune when they are treated differently from everyone else.”
There’s a good news update to this story! Since posting last week, Bob and his son Christopher have received thousands of cards and care packages from around the world!