The CDC says that about 1 in 44 eight-year-old children have Autism Spectrum Disorder on average. Also, boys are 4.2 times more likely than girls to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. A young boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder recently had to deal with a problem that most of us can only think about. One of his classmates was there to help him feel better.

When Connor Crites moved to Wichita, Kansas, to start school, things got hard for him. Some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which Connor has, are more sensitive to things going on around them. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often feel overwhelmed, especially on big days like the first day of school.

Connor and Moore

Connor broke down and started crying in the corner on the first day of school before going into his classroom. He was lucky to have a guardian angel watching over him.

Connor’s classmate in second grade, Christian Moore, moved quickly when he saw his friend in trouble. Christian went up to Connor and talked to him until he calmed down. Once Connor was calm, Christian took his hand and led him into the classroom.

The mother of Christian Moore said, “I saw him sitting on the floor with Connor while Connor was crying in the corner. He was trying to comfort him. He takes him by the hand and leads them to the front door. We waited until the school bell rang, and then he walked him inside. Everything else is history. They can’t live without each other.”

Christian Moore

April Crites, Connor’s mother, has talked about how often she worries about him and how his future friends and classmates will react to him.

April said, “Every day I worry that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn’t speak right, doesn’t sit still, or jumps up and down and flaps his hands.”

April was so happy to see that Connor’s first interaction on his first day of school turned out to be a good one that led to a real friendship. Christian didn’t think of Connor as “weird” or different. Instead, he treated him with kindness and understanding.

His way of doing things reminds us all that, even though we are all different, we are all people and deserve love and kindness.

 

 

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