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10-Year-Old With Autism Writes Poem For Homework, His Teacher Is Lost For Words



10-Year-Old With Autism Writes Poem For Homework, His Teacher Is Lost For Words

Recently, when 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux, was given a school assignment that required him to write a poem titled “I Am”, he surprised his parents and teachers with the incredibly amazing piece he came up with!

The young boy from Plattsburgh, New York, has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. This means that he is not exactly one to express much emotion or talk too much. “When we ask him how his day went when he gets home from school, we don’t get much more than a one-word answer.” Sonny Giroux, Benjamin’s father, told TODAY.

10-year-old Benjamin Giroux

10-year-old Benjamin Giroux

However, when he received his assignment, he was quite excited about getting it done. When he got home, he headed to the family kitchen table and didn’t raise his head until he was finished.

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Benjamin was given the first two words in every sentence. From there, the rest of the poem was up to him to complete as he pleased. Here is what he wrote:

I am odd, I am new
I wonder if you are too
I hear voices in the air
I see you don’t, and that’s not fair
I want to not feel blue
I am odd, I am new
I pretend that you are too
I feel like a boy in outer space
I touch the stars and feel out of place
I worry what others might think
I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink
I am odd, I am new
I understand now that so are you
I say I, “feel like a castaway”
I dream of a day that that’s okay
I try to fit in
I hope that someday I do
I am odd, I am new.

It came to light that Benjamin had always felt different because he was autistic and at times, it made him stand out from the other children. It is how he explained that in the poem that is truly special and captivating.

Since he wrote it, the poem has gone viral and even the National Autism Association highlighted and shared it with others.