Ralphie Koppelman has autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia. This has made social interactions with children his age very difficult. He had been known to scare children when they have asked him to play with them. But Pokémon Go changed everything.
On the first night he played, Ralphie worked with a girl who was searching for Pokémon at a bakery. Later, he looked a boy in the eye and smiled at him. But what happened after both instances is even more of a miracle.
Ralphie likes to stick to his usual routine, so when he was asked to go to the park where other kids were searching for more Pokémon, Lenore was positive he would not tag along.
Despite her belief, Ralphie and his new friend ran off together without thinking twice.
"He was suddenly part of this group that was all catching Pokémon together," Ralphie's mom said. As she was overcome with emotion, she cried behind the slide. Seeing young children welcome Ralphie with open arms was indescribable.
On July 12 she shared her excitement on Facebook saying, "MY AUTISTIC CHILD IS SOCIALIZING. Talking to people. Smiling at people. Verbalizing. Participating in pragmatic speech. With total strangers. Looking up at them. Sometimes even in the eye. Laughing with them."
Many other families with children with autism saw her post and shared that they were experiencing the same phenomenon.
A simple gaming app has done wonders for not just one child but multiple children with autism.
Who's to say smart phones don't have healing powers?
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