“I Cry When People Laugh, It Makes Me Shrink”, Boy With Autism Writes Heart Wrenching Poem

Children with autism perceive the world differently, something a lot of people still don’t understand. You’ll have to walk a million miles in their shoes to know how its like to be born with this condition, or how it is to care for one.

A mother shared this beautiful poem written by her son Benjamin who has Asperger Syndrome. “My 10 year old son with Aspergers was asked to write a poem for school titled ‘I Am’ he was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote,” she wrote in a post she shared with the National Autism Association.

The poem gives readers a glimpse of autism from the point of view of a child who has it. It’s both enlightening and heart wrenching. Below is Benjamin’s beautiful hand-written poem.

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Click here to see the post by the National Autism Association 

Asperger Syndrome is a subtype of autism that’s considered one among those in the “high functioning” spectrum. According to the UK’s National Autistic Society “Asperger syndrome is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.”.

“Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements,” explains Autism Speaks. 

Click here to learn more about the condition

Author: Loraine Balita-Centeno

I'm a Manila based journalist who's been working in the industry for 12 years. I've written pieces for newspapers and magazines based in Manila and some abroad. I'm a work-at-home-mom of two so I spend my days writing or editing with a toddler clamped around one leg and a pre-schooler asking me questions every 10 minutes.

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