A friend of a friend sent a copy of Ben Has Autism, Ben Is Awesome to her autistic 5-year-old son's class to help his neurotypical classmates understand autism. The kids loved the book so much they were inspired to write one of their own.
In "Our Friend Aidan" each student drew a picture and wrote about why they like their classmate Aidan. The boy's mother was brought to tears reading page after page of loving captions:
"We play basketball."
"I like to sit next to him."
"Aidan is good at Math"
Aidan is awesome.
And his friends know it.
I'm over the moon that my little book helped make this moment happen.
I wish all of our kids could have a teacher like Aidan's - one who fosters an environment in which every child feels supported and important enough to be the subject of his own book.
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