The first day of school naturally comes with a mix of excitement and nerves, but for an 8-year-old Kansas boy living with autism, starting a new school year was very overwhelming.
Connor Crites was starting second grade at Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas. But rather than playing with friends or exploring the playground, Connor was tucked into a corner, crying.
Children with autism often struggle to process new situations, and with all the excitement and stimulation of the first day of school, Connor simply became overwhelmed.
But 8-year-old Christian, also starting second grade, took notice of the sad boy, crying by himself.
Without a word, Christian walked over to Connor and took his hand.
Connor, still visibly upset, clung to his new friend’s hand and walked with him into the school.