This Boy Comes Home With A Birthday Invitation. His Mom Is Brought To Tears By What It Says

It’s hard enough to raise kids, but when your child has special needs, the challenges are constant. Parents of special needs children have to consider a much, much wider range of factors that could affect their child’s well-being than other parents do. For parents of kids who are on the autism spectrum, one of the key things they need to look out for is overstimulation.
It is thought that individuals with autism might not be able to tune things out as well, which is why busy environments are often very upsetting to them. Imagine if you heard cars whizzing past, dogs barking, people talking, music playing, and more, at full volume, all competing with each other. It wouldn’t be fun. That’s why small accommodations and courtesies really matter to people with autism and their loved ones.
For instance, take seven-year-old Timothy Klein and his mom Tricia.
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He’s a sweet kid and has likes, dislikes, and interests, just like any other kid his age. And Tricia is just like any other mom; she just wants her son to be as happy and healthy as possible.
Timothy is a little different than some of his classmates, though. He was diagnosed with non-verbal autism when he was only two years old, and one of his biggest issues is that he gets overstimulated easily in large crowds of people.

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As a result, poor Timothy has had to say “no, thanks” to way more birthday party invitations than any 7-year-old ought to.
Recently, however, he got an invite with a special note attached to it that moved his mom to tears. Tricia posted the note online, noting that “it was an ugly cry for me that day.”

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“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 … We parents of the ‘specials’ know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood. Organized sports, play dates, sleepovers, and yes – the dreaded birthday parties,” she says. “I want only one thing for our kids – for all kids really, and that is inclusion. All they want is to feel included and accepted for who and what they are – that different is okay … it’s just different.”
The note was written by Ainsley Peikos, whose son Carter had become good friends with Timothy. She wanted to make sure that he could be included, too.

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