‘I Am Odd, I Am New’: Poem Penned by Boy With Asperger’s Goes Viral

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The mother of a 10-year-old boy with Asperger’s shared a touching and inspiring poem written by her son as part of a class project.

Since it was first posted on Facebook April 10, the poem written by Benjamin Giroux has gone viral.

Benjamin was asked to write about himself and what it was like to have autism as part of National Poetry Month, according to KTLA’s sister station KFOR.com in Oklahoma City.

Benjamin’s mother shared the poem with the National Autism Association, which posted it on their Facebook page.

“My 10-year-old son with Aspergers was asked to write a poem for school titled ‘I Am’ he was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote…,” Benjamin’s mother posted.

The National Autism Association responded stating, “You did an excellent job, Benjamin! You fit right in with us because we’re #oddtoo.”

Having his son express so much emotion was something new for Benjamin’s father, Sonny Giroux.

“At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school,” Giroux, told TODAY.com. “As the poem went on, we realized that he understands that he’s odd and that so is everyone else in their own way, which is what Ben wants everyone to embrace.”

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