Having a child on the autism spectrum can be difficult at times. Many parents of children with special needs have shared before about how painful it can be to see their kids struggle to make friends. But most parents of special needs children agree: there is no greater gift than an understanding teacher or compassionate classmate for their child. That’s why Lex, a 6-year-old from the south of England, wrote a letter to her teachers, urging them to educate her fellow classmates about learning differences and special needs.
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It all started when one of Lex’s classmates said that Lex’s brother, 9-year-old Frank, was “weird.” Lex explained to her classmate that Frank isn’t weird, he has autism. When Lex realized the child had no idea what autism was, Lex decided to do something about it.
Lex’s mom recalls how Lex came home from school that day upset. Lex had recently been elected to student council, so she vowed to bring the issue to her teachers. That’s when she wrote the following letter:
On Monday, I felt very sad because a girl in my class said that my brother was weird. My brother has autism and is not weird.
I would like it if we could learn about all disabilities in school so that everybody understands that some people are different, but we should all be treated the same.
The letter was read aloud in class, and Lex’s mom said she couldn’t be more proud of the way her 6-year-old defended her brother.
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