A Fifth-grader named Elli was going to be attending the same school as her little brother Willem for the first time, so she made a video about him and his autism so other kids would know how to treat him.
She made the video for her fifth-grade class, and she offered her classmates ideas about how to interact with a person with autism. She also told her friends to say hello to her brother, and be patient with him, and speak up if they see him being bullied. The teacher played the video during the school announcements to the entire school.
Elli described his tablet, saying:
He has words in his head like everyone else. His brain just doesn’t cooperate the way he wants. It gets frustrating for him, but he still makes tons of sounds to practice.
Later she says: “Sometimes new kids, or loud places, scare him because his ears and eyes are extra sensitive.”
And she closes her autism awareness video, introducing the school to her brother, with the most heartwarming summation.
“Overall, he’s a kid like you and me. And, I hope you love him as much as I do.”
The video got a standing ovation, as well it should. Any parent who has a child that endures extra challenges knows how exhausting it can be for the entire family. You know how special your child is, and you hope the rest of the world will take the extra minute to see it too. And when your other kid has that kind of love for their sibling, it has to warm your heart to know you’re doing something right.