My son, Kayden, attends a Special Education Pre-school. He has really excelled there and the teachers just love him. There is a little boy in his class who has moderate autism, we'll call him J.J. One of the teachers said that when Kayden isn't there, J.J. is very hard to deal with, but when he is there, the little boy is much calmer. Today, as I dropped Kayden off at school, his teacher pulled me aside and told me about what happened at school yesterday.
Some of the kids were building towers with blocks, seeing how high they could build. They had the tower really high, when along came J.J., who swung a toy at the tower, knocking it down. The children began to yell at J.J. for ruining their tower. As the teachers came in to calm them down, one looked over at Kayden who was sitting at a table, watching the event. Kayden just looked over and shook his head, saying:
" Those kids don't understand J.J. like me. He's not trying to be naughty, he is just trying to play."
The teacher told me she felt like she had a wise little man sitting there, instead of a small 4 year old boy. We both had tears in our eyes as she told me. She had mentioned the incident to J.J.'s mom yesterday, and the mom wanted to be sure that I heard the story.
I'm very glad to know!