His teacher instructed the class to go home and write a poem that began simply with the phrase, “I am…” At only 10-years-old, Ben wasn’t sure what he would say, but he tried his best. He sat down and wrote this poem that caught his parents off guard.
My 10 year old son with Aspergers was asked to write a poem for school titled ‘I Am’ he was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote…”
Looking over his homework assignment, his parents felt their hearts drop down to their stomachs. Is this how their little boy felt? They tried to so hard to build a life for him, where he could feel accepted and loved, but his poem was just full of loneliness.
At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school. As the poem went on, we realized that he understands that he’s odd and that so is everyone else in their own way, which is what Ben wants everyone to embrace.”
They decided to post his poem on Facebook. They wanted other children struggling with Asperger’s to realize that they weren’t alone. They wanted parents to realize that there were other people out there who understood and supported them. The post was shared over 34,000 times and was featured on news websites around the country. He might feel alone, but after his story was shared thousands of times, it is obvious that he has more in common with the people around him than he thought! Hopefully, this will help his classmates to understand him and each other just a little bit better.
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