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Heart of Autism: Chloe Rothschild's "Friendships Forever"

           My name is Chloe Rothschild. I am a young adult who has PDD-NOS. I am on a mission to help advocate for autism so that I can teach others what autism is like from my perspective, in order to help them understand autism better, so that they are better able to help individuals who have autism better. I write for Special-ism, and Squag, have my own blog: www.makingprogresswithautism.blogspot.com. I am a young leader for the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) a program through ARI (the Autism Research Institute). I am also an editor in training for the Autism Research Institute (ARI) Adults With Autism eBulletin.

            Becca and I have went to the same school for a little over a year now. We are both in different classrooms. We did not know each other really well, that is until we started dancing and singing together are our school prom in the beginning of May. Becca and I sang and danced together most of the night. I knew that from then on, we would be good friends. Two months later, we are good friends. J We both have Autism. We both cheer other on every step of the way.

            We enjoy eating lunch together, and then playing together at recess. We have fun together no matter what we are doing. Sometimes we just walk around the playground talking, sometimes we play baseball. Becca and I cheer each other on, and encourage each other. Even if Becca doesn’t hit the ball the first time it is pitched to her, or even the second or the third, I encourage her to keep at it, until she hits the ball and not to give up, because I know she can do anything she puts her mind to.

            One time on the playground, after we finished playing baseball, I asked Becca if she wanted to play something else, and she said, “sure what do you want to play now?” I said, “let’s play on the slide.” She asked how you play slide, and I told her that you climb up the steps and go down the slide. She told me she has never been on a slide before, and that she is scared of heights. I told her how much fun the slide was, and that it was a double slide so we could slide down together. I encouraged her to climb up the steps, I could tell she was still fearful of the slide once she made it to the top, and was starting to panic a little bit, and I encouraged her and let her hold my hand the way down the slide, after going down the slide for the first time, she looked at me and said, “let’s do it again!” We went on the slide three times that day. It’s not Becca’s favorite thing to do, so she now usually just watches me slide down the slide.

            I attended Becca’s birthday party. When Becca’s mom read what I wrote in the birthday card I made for Becca, Becca said, “I think I am going to cry now!” We had so much fun. When Becca and I are together, we laugh, and have a good time. I am one of Becca’s biggest cheerleaders. I know she is capable of a lot of things if she puts her mind to it, and encourage her to keep trying. Becca teaches me so much as well. This is what a friendship is about, laughing together, having fun, encouraging each other, and just being there for each other. I foresee Becca and I being friends for years to come. J Thanks to our parents and teachers for encouraging and supporting our friendship. And special thanks to Becca for being such a wonderful friend!

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