10-Year-Old Writes Beau­ti­ful Poem About Life with Asperg­ers

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

An autis­tic child has writ­ten a beau­ti­ful poem which gives an in­sight into life with Asperg­ers. When Ben­jamin Giroux, 10, was asked to write a poem for school en­ti­tled “I Am”, in which he was given the first two words in ev­ery sen­tence, he wrote about how he feels “out of place” and “like a cast­away”. “I am odd, I am new. I won­der if you are too,” Ben­jamin wrote. “I hear voices in the air. I see you don’t, and that’s not fair.” His poem was posted on Face­book by the Na­tional Autism As­so­ci­a­tion, where it was liked over 10,000 times. In a post ac­com­pa­ny­ing the poem, the Na­tional Autism As­so­ci­a­tion wrote: “You did an ex­cel­lent job, Ben­jamin! You fit right in with us be­cause we’re #odd­too.”

Ben­jamin’s fa­ther, Sonny Giroux, told the Huff­in­g­ton Post he and his wife were brought to tears when they read the poem. “We were both so proud, and yet so heart­bro­ken, that this was how he felt,” he said.

He added: “Each like, share and com­ment he’s re­ceived since has made him feel like not only he does fit in and be­long in this world, but has also moved him be­yond words that he’s touched so many.”

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