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School Custodian Soothes Fourth-Grade Child with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Autism, Behavioral HealthSometimes a small act of kindness can make all the difference. You don't have to donate a million dollars or spend all your time trying to help those with disabilities. If you can just take a moment out of your schedule to comfort someone who obviously needs comforting, then you've made a difference in the world.

Kenlee Bellew-Shaw and Ms. Esther

Recently, a custodian working in a school in Texas did her best to comfort a child with autism. The child's name is Kenlee Bellew-Shaw and the custodian is affectionately known as Ms. Esther to the students of the school. Kenlee is in fourth grade and she is autistic.

What Is Autism?

People with autism might be challenged when it comes to social skills, speech and nonverbal communication. They are also very sensitive to bright lights, loud sounds, strong smells and other stimuli. So you can imagine that a school cafeteria with all its hustle and bustle may not be the most welcoming place for someone with autism.

Ms. Esther Comforted Kenlee in the Cafeteria

Kenlee was uncomfortable on September 13 2019 when she entered the cafeteria. In order to shield herself from all the lights and sounds, she lay down on a stage with a blanket over her. When Ms. Esther saw her doing this, she put down what she was doing and lay down next to her, patting her back. She also spoke to Kenlee in a soft voice which took the little girl's attention away from the hustle and bustle of the cafeteria.

Kenlee's Mother's Social Media Post

In a social media post which got a lot of attention, Kenlee's mother said, "Our school custodian is literally the best, sweetest individual in the world" and "All schools should be so lucky to have their own Angel on campus." The school district also added that a "kind word, a hug, and a little compassion are all it takes to make a huge difference in a child's life."



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