For children and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, like 7-year-old Timothy Rhynold, the typical sights and sounds of a party can be overwhelming.
This year, his mother Tricia has had to declined several birthday party invitations from her son’s classmates.
“Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful,” she wrote on her blog, The book of Timothy. “But I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy? The interruptions, the meltdowns. How I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child.”
Timothy hasn’t been to a party this year -- but that will change on June 26.
One of Timothy’s classmate’s mothers sent a special party invitation to the boy. It read: “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 be too much with the whole class," the invitation continued. "Let me know how we can make it work.”
Tricia was taken aback by the gesture.
“I don’t know this Mom or even this child personally. I want to. Desperately,” she wrote.
Tricia added: “This Mom wrote exactly what I needed to see that day and didn’t even know it. This Mom gives me hope for Timothy’s future when sometimes I get stuck in the darkness of his diagnosis.
“This Mom is everything I strive to be,” she said. “This Mom rocks.”
Tricia told Metro, “I am so very grateful and touched that someone went out of their way to include Timothy in their own child’s special day. It was unexpected but unbelievably special to receive the invite.
“Sometimes we become so wrapped up in our own needs that we are unaware of others," she added. " ... it restored my faith in humanity.”
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