His Teacher Asked Him to Finish the Phrase “I Am,” But This Boy With Autism’s Response Will Move You to Tears


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His Teacher Asked Him to Finish the Phrase “I Am,” But This Boy With Autism’s Response Will Move You to Tears

When 10-year-old Benjamin was given a school assignment to write a poem entitled “I Am” — using 18 prewritten prompts such as “I see,” “I hear,” and “I feel” — he could have written just about anything to fill in those blanks. However, Benjamin has autism, so his poem turned out to be an eye-opening look into what it feels like for him to be different. He wrote how it feels to be “odd” and out of place, to feel “like a boy in outer space.” His mom posted the honest and vulnerable poem to the National Autism Association’s Facebook page to share with the world what it’s like to be a young child with ASD.

Read his beautiful words in his adorable little-boy handwriting above.

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