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Do You Know a Child With Autism?

English: this is my own version of what bullyi...

English: this is my own version of what bullying looks like (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t assume this child will be a future killer.

The child may be socially awkward, but his/her parents need encouragement, and kindness may communicate more than we know.

There is something each of us can do.

We can teach our own children personal responsibility to be inclusive and thoughtful to children who are different from themselves. Teach them to speak up against bullying.

Exclusion and bullying are two elements common to many of the young men who have committed these atrocities.

Think a moment about those families on the fringe of your community. We can’t know their burdens.

Try reaching out to them, including them in your holiday dinners. Expect it to be awkward at first. You’ll be surprised how quickly this evolves into friendship.

It’s possible that they will resent the intrusion, but, then again, this may be just the refreshment they need.

The only thing you have to lose is a bit of your comfort level.

Another important thing we all can do is learn more about Autism. Here’s one website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/

The following article was the inspiration for this blog post.

Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown – NYTimes.com.

 

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