Heart touching poem by this 10-year-old boy with Asperger’s will leave you in tears
People with special needs and Autism tend to express their emotions using different sources like artworks, literary works and poems. People with different autism spectrum disorders tend to find it difficult to connect with other people as they find it difficult to express themselves and gauge what others are saying.
Social anxiety, inapt in social behavior and repetitive behaviors tend to make it difficult for people with ASD to continue a normal conversation and find other ways to interact with people. A 10-year-old boy who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome found out a way to connect with others and said what all was in his heart when he was given an assignment to write a poem on ‘I am…’
Check out the heart touching poem on the last page.
1 Though he is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, but he is special!
Benjamin Grioux is a normal looking 10-year-boy who lives in New York with his parents and siblings. His great grandfather is a WWII veteran and he loves doing things that a normal 10-year-old would do, but there is something noticeably different with Benjamin. You see, Benjamin is an Asperger’s Syndrome patient. The fifth grader suffering from Asperger’s, which is a form of autism, did something that has made him an internet sensation.
He had received an assignment from his school, the Cumberland Head elementary in which he had to write a poem in order to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poem was to begin with the words ‘I am’. His parents read what Benjamin wrote and his words brought them to tears and when his father put it on his Facebook page, the poem went viral. Check out the poem on the last page for yourself.
2 What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder whose main traits are problems with social interaction and non-verbal communication. People who suffer from this disorder also like to repeat certain behaviors and patterns as it gives them a sense of security. Though the cause of Asperger’s is unknown, most doctors and scientists say that genetics is involved in its origination. Symptoms of Asperger’s are much less severe than other types of autism spectrum disorders and people with Asperger’s are classified as ‘high functioning’.
People with Asperger’s Syndrome may be disinterested in making eye contact and the child may feel awkward in social situations and may face inability to respond when someone talks or interacts with them. People with Asperger’s fail to read facial cues during communication, which are obvious to other people, like if someone crosses their arms and backs down, the person is angry.
The biggest drawback with Asperger’s Syndrome is that people are socially awkward and may get anxiety attacks if pressured into doing things that they are not comfortable doing.
3 The poem by Benjamin and reactions to the poem
The poem Benjamin wrote for the National Poetry Day was supposed to be read by him in his class. But his anxiety got better of him and he stayed home that day. His father then posted the poem online, hoping to get some encouraging words from friends and family, so that he could tell Benjamin that the poem was not bad.
His poem goes this way:
“I am odd, I am new”
I wonder if you are too
I hear voices in the air
I see you don’t, and that’s not fair
I want to not feel blue
I am odd, I am new”
“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,” Mr Giroux said. The poem got 23,000 likes in a short time. The National Autism Association of America saw the poem and shared it with caption saying ‘You did an excellent job, Benjamin! You fit right in with us because we’re #oddtoo.’
Benjamin’s father is saying that Benjamin is very happy and is deeply touched by the outpouring of the support.