Why This Little Girl Considers Her Twin Brother a Superhero


“I think Xander will be Spider-Man when he grows up,” 6-year-old Avery says in the video below. “I like Spider-Man because Spider-Man helps the world.”

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Xander is her twin brother who has autism. As his sister, Avery sees Xander’s disorder differently than most people — she sees its ups and downs. She loves him through it all.

Noticing this, the twins’ mom, Jen Medvin, decided to make a documentary, called “Little Hero,” which explains Xander’s autism through Avery’s eyes. In it, you see what Avery sees — loving and tender moments, along with loud, disoriented and slightly scary ones.

In an Autism Speaks blog, Medvin writes:

Avery has never seen her brother as being a special needs child.  Instead, she actually sees him as a superhero.  She believes he has “superpowers” and is very good at “helping people.”  I realized that this touching example of sibling love and understanding was so beautiful it had to be shared. 


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