When a parent learns that their child has been diagnosed with autism, it can be difficult to picture what their life will be like. Parents learn to adapt to their child's needs, but sometimes others outside the family are not so understanding.
However, as one mother learned, sometimes people can be even more accommodating and understanding than you would expect.
Tricia Klein's son, Timothy Klein, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism when he was 2 years old, Distractify reports. Since his diagnosis, Tricia has struggled to help Timothy develop his social skills as he can be "overstimulated easily." Despite this, Timothy, now 7, has many of the same interests as his peers.
Tricia said she has had to turn down many party invitations for Timothy due to his condition, but that all changed one day when she got a thoughtful note from another mother:
Carter sat beside Timothy at school and he always talks about him. I really hope he can come. We are renting a bounce castle that we can attach a small bounce slide at the bottom. We will also have water balloons [and] water guns. Maybe Timothy can come earlier in the day if it would [too] much with the whole class. Let me know so we can make it work.
"It was an ugly cry for me that day," Klein told ABC News, according to Distractify. " ... Yes, I was shocked that someone would take not only the time to write the note, but to be considerate enough to include him with all of his difficulties. It was a wonderful moment."
The note came from Ainsley Peikos, whose son Carter had reportedly become friends with Timothy in school.
"Carter had always talked about him, so I didn't think twice when he wanted him at the party," Peikos said. "The only question was, 'How could we make it work so that Timothy could come and have a great time just like anyone else?' He came early. He went right into the bounce castle with Carter and they had a great time."
Peikos said that since the party, she and Tricia have developed a great friendship. It just goes to show how far a simple gesture can go.