Mums of special needs children know that making friends and having normal everyday interactions can sometimes be a challenge for their children. Sending a child with special needs to school or preschool is worrying and their parents fear that they could be bullied or excluded.
This mum’s story of how her little girl became best friends with an autistic boy will warm the hearts of parents everywhere.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this photo clearly shows two children who have a very close friendship. Not only that, but there’s also a beautiful story behind these two best friends.
Mum LaSasha McGee explained that her daughter Markai and the little boy, William, became friends in school and then realised they lived near each other.
She explained: “William is autistic and for some special reason he is drawn to her and she just loves him to pieces.”
LaSasha said that Markai doesn’t judge William for his differences and that neither child cares about skin colour. She said Markai doesn't go by what “society” says is normal and treats him as she would anyone else.
Markai has a “caring spirit” and was teaching William the alphabet when the photo was taken.
“In this world that we are living in today I think this is what LOVE really should be about”, LaSasha wrote.
“Not about what others say. This brought tears to my eyes just to see how comfortable he is to rest his head on her shoulder and not have a care in the world as she was teaching him ABC’S on her tablet. Just take a look at LOVE.”
Since LaSasha posted the beautiful image it has 114,000 reactions and has been shared over 11,000 times. It seems like thousands of people were touched by these adorable best friends. Several users responded saying how much the photo had meant to them.
One man commented: “The innocence of children is wonderful. Always remember they do what they see. Hate is taught. So teach love for everyone.”
While one mother who has two autistic children said: “As a mother of autistic twins, hug your daughter she has a beautiful gift and God bless you for raising such an awesome child!
“Autistic children just want to be friends and be happy! What a gift!”
We think these two are the cutest best friends, we hope they continue to be close as they grow up.