St. Louis, MO â€“ When Paige Morgan was 7 years old she heard some kids making fun of her brother Adam, who has autism, and she was determined to turn it into a teachable moment.
After hearing the kids making fun of her brother, the now 11-year-old went home and talked to her mom about what happened, according to KMOV.
â€œYou know, I calmed her down and I just said that I didnâ€™t think the kids really knew what was going on, they were 7 years oldâ€¦and I thought this was a good teachable momentâ€ Paigeâ€™s mom Rachel said. â€œSo I said, â€˜You know honey, I could come in and talk to the kids, but I really think it would be better if it came from you.’â€
After talking to her mom, Paige went and spoke to the kids.
â€œThey were so excited and they wanted to do something about it, they wanted to become friends with people with disabilities, but they just didnâ€™t know how to do that,â€ Paige said.
So Paige had an idea to find a book that could help the kids at school, but could not find anything for the age group.
â€œWe looked all over the internet and found nothing for school kids, so she said, â€˜that does itâ€¦we have to write one,â€ said Rachel.
Inspired by her daughter, the elder Morgan wrote a book about helping school children interact with classmates with autism. At the age of 9, Paige wrote the bookâ€™s introduction.
â€œThis book really helped my friends know that people with special needs just need some help sometimes,â€ Paige said. â€œDonâ€™tâ€™ be afraid to ask someone with special needs, or someone who is sitting by themselves, â€˜Hey you wanna come play with us?â€™ Because they are really neat people once you get to know them.â€
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