The moment we walked in he flashed his mega-watt smile and began his “I’m so excited” run around moves. I pretty much knew it had nothing to do with his dear old mom and EVERYTHING to do with his friends arriving.

Friends.

We all need ‘em. As parents of those with special needs, most of us long for our children to have a place to belong and at least one person to call friend. Sometimes these friendships may be unconventional and not always with peers, but does that truly matter?

When my son, who has autism and is non-verbal, left his private therapeutic day school (Giant Steps) to attend Monarch Boarding Academy out of state his friend, Tyler, gave him the sweetest card ever. With permission I share part of it here:

“I am so so so proud of how far you have come in a year. We have become best friends! I don’t know what I am going to do without seeing your smiling face when I get you off the bus. You most definitely have become my best friend. We are two peas in a pod.”

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When my son, who has autism and is non-verbal, left his private therapeutic day school (Giant Steps) to attend Monarch Boarding Academy out of state his friend, Tyler, gave him the sweetest card ever. With permission I share part of it here:

“I am so so so proud of how far you have come in a year. We have become best friends! I don’t know what I am going to do without seeing your smiling face when I get you off the bus. You most definitely have become my best friend. We are two peas in a pod.”

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