Wednesday, 25 March 2009

An Autism Post.

My Hubby read this article out to me yesterday and I must admit it brought a tear to my eye. It makes me all emotional when people go out of their way to help, especially when autistic kids are involved. It makes you realise that there are lots of good people out there who are prepared to think outside the box in order to understand and help. It just a shame my son's school doesn't share the same mind set. Anyway I thought I'd copy the article from the BBC News website and share it with you. Hope you don't mind. It's such a lovely story.

Thai 'Spider-Man' to the rescue

An unusual disguise has helped a Bangkok fireman rescue an eight-year-old boy who had climbed on to a third-floor window ledge, Thai police say.

The firefighter dressed up as the comic book superhero Spider-Man in order to coax the boy, who is autistic, from his dangerous perch.

Police said teachers had alerted the fire station after the boy began crying and climbed out of a classroom window.

It was reportedly his first day at the special needs school.

Efforts by the teachers to persuade the pupil to come back inside had failed.

But a remark by his mother about his passion for comic superheroes prompted fireman Somchai Yoosabai to rush back to the station, where he kept a Spider-Man costume in his locker.

The sight of Mr Somchai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy's face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his "superhero", police said.

Mr Somchai normally uses the costume to liven up fire drills in schools.


Dee said...

What a heart warming story. thanks for bringing this to light Fe and Patrick....

Love Mum XXX

Littleted62 said...

What a great story Fe, how fantastic that the fireman had just the thing to make the boy feel safe in such a scary situation. Nicki, xx.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Wow. That's an amazing story. What a fireman!

Dawn said...

Aww Fe - amazing story - amazing firefighter too...

Cazzy said...

Thank goodness he had the costume!

Nice story Fiona.

Cazzy x