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Kids Made Fun of Her Brother With Autism, So She Wrote This

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When 7-year-old Paige Morgan heard kids making fun of her brother Adam, who has autism, she didn’t lash out. Instead, she went home to her mom, who helped her realize this was an opportunity to educate.

“I just said that I didn’t think the kids really knew what was going on, they were 7 years old… and I thought this was a good teachable moment,” Rachel Morgan told KMOV. “So I said, ‘You know honey, I could come in and talk to the kids, but I really think it would be better if it came from you.’”

After speaking with the kids, who responded positively, Paige set out to find a book to further explain her brother’s differences. And when she couldn’t find one, she decided to write her own. Paige, now 9, wrote the intro for “Building Forever Friendships: Strategies to Help Your Friend With Autism and Other Special Needs in School,” which her mom penned.

The book, available here, is already being used in classrooms to teach kids about autism.

“It warms my heart, as the author and a mother, that this book has promoted great heartwarming discussion amongst our children and teachers to better understand and accept everyone for who they are,” Rachel Morgan wrote on Facebook.

Originally published: October 5, 2015
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