A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism.
Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I Am” as an assignment for his fifth grade class. His father, Sonny Giroux, explained that every line of the poem already included two words like “I am” and “I wonder” as a prompt for the students to complete. In his poem, Benjamin wrote that he is “odd” and “new” and that he feels “like a castaway.”
“I am odd, I am new. I wonder if you are too,” Benjamin wrote. “I hear voices in the air. I see you don’t, and that’s not fair.”