He sat at at the family kitchen table and didn’t look up until he was finished.
His poem, “I Am,” shows his emotions in such a special way and I think he certainly is a special youngster.
Being autistic is not about living in a vacuum, sucking in everything around you, living in an existence shutout from your environment.
If anything, the environment becomes more real, more painful, more evident.
He was recently given a school assignment where he was asked to write a poem titled “I Am.” The boy was given the first two words in every sentence. “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.
But while he might not be one to express much emotion, Benjamin was excited for his latest assignment.Teaching youngsters a simple poem can help them remember which numeral to look at and which way to round. A typical example, used by Thomson Elementary School third-grade teacher Shannon Reeves, instructs students to “Find your number / Look right next door”; in other words, go one digit to the right.Then, the poem advises, “Four or less -- just ignore / five or more -- add one more.” Just 18 words in four lines, this brief poem is easy to memorize; reinforce it by reciting the poem as you help students work through rounding exercises.Benjamin put a lot of thought into his poem and rather just writing something that rhymed, he poured his heart out explaining what it was like to live with autism.You can read the emotional and heartfelt poem below.He wanted people to know what it was like to live with autism and asperger.Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy from Plattsburgh, New York, has Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism. They are moments in time, little thoughts floating on the air. You can even write a four-line poem in the sand at the beach then watch as the ocean washes it away. Try writing a four-line poem at the zoo or on the bus.Poetry is an art form that no doubt has the ability to move us and touch many different emotions.Some may make us laugh, others cry or leave us speechless.