The Greatest Comfort Came From A Boy With Autism

On March 24, 2006 I decided to go to Wendy's for lunch.  I decided to take Michael with me (if you don't know who Michael is, you can read my post about my journey into the world of autism) and my co-worker Michele joined us as well.

The first thing you should know is that Michael is not a touchy guy, occasionally I could get him to give me what I called a head hug where we touched foreheads, but that's about it.  While we were sitting eating our lunch Michael was sitting next to me in a booth.  He kept resting his head on my shoulder which I thought was really strange for him.  I kept asking him what was wrong, and obviously he didn't answer me since he doesn't talk.  He did this at least 2 or 3 times.

About 10 minutes later I got a call letting me know that my grandma had passed away.  Not a great day for me.

I think about this experience a lot.  I don't know how Michael knew, but I believe he did know.  I believe he was trying to comfort me before I even knew anything was wrong.  And he gave me the greatest comfort that anyone could that week.  I don't know if he knew of the significance of his gestures that day, but they were very significant.  I will forever be grateful for that experience, I may never know what was going through Michael's mind at the time, but it doesn't matter.  I don't really believe in coincidences like that.

Joy Mano
Utah PLAY Project Home Consultant
Early Intervention Treatment for Children With Autism

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