An 8-year-old boy is being commended after showing his compassion for a classmate on the first day of school.
People with ASD (ᴀᴜᴛɪsᴍ Spectrum Disorder) perceive the environment differently from the rest of us. Their respond to stimuli is also different – what might seem like a normal situation for most could seem overwhelming to them. This is what happened to Connor Crites on his first day at Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas.
According to a Facebook post from Courtney Moore, her son, Christian, saw Connor Crites crying in the corner and befriended him.
Photos from Moore showed Christian holding hands with his classmate, Connor, to help comfort him.
“I’m so proud of my son,” Moore wrote. “He [had] seen a kid balled up into a corner crowing, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and walked him inside of the school! It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child. He’s a kid with a big heart, the first day of school started off right.”
Connor’s mother, April Crites, thanked Moore for her son’s kindness in a comment. Crites said her son is ᴀᴜᴛɪsᴛɪᴄ and can get overwhelmed.
“Tell your son I said thank you so very much!” Crites wrote. “That little boy he helped is my son and is ᴀᴜᴛɪsᴛɪᴄ, I worry every day that he is going to get ʙᴜʟʟɪᴇᴅ for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him I wouldn’t worry about such things.”
Moore responded that her son struggled with speech and hopes this marks the beginning of a new friendship.
The post, which has thousands of shares and comments, has gotten national attention.