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Piece by Piece: iPhones Give the Gift of Heart

Claims have been made that the iPad is a wonderful tool for those on the autistic spectrum, and if my iPhone is any indication, the claims are correct.

Peter is in love with my iPhone. He has learned how to download games and plays everything from Cut the Rope to Brain Pop (an app he decided to download on his own). He has taken to reorganizing the apps and creating folders, already filling two with his name.

Peter also likes texting and often writes to his sister from just across the house. I have also caught him answering my texts with friends, so I let them in on his affinity for texting. Now they’ll write and say, “Hi, Peter.” He loves it and writes back. He remembers to ask about Clare’s cat, Sophie, or to check on how a friend is feeling.

The other night I was texting with some friends about a couple of more serious topics. When I told Peter I needed the phone to help my friends he asked why they were writing to me. I thought it might be a good time to show him how friendship works, so I explained that sometimes when a friend is having a tough day they want to write or talk with someone who will make them feel better.

Peter said, “So, they write to you because you have the strongest heart?” He caught me off guard. I was ready with more words to explain it all, but he captured friendship in one sentence -- while complimenting me at the same time.

As usual, the moment ended as quickly as it came. He went from that right back to saying he needed me to finish so he could have the phone back. Those moments though, come more often than in the past. They show me that he is absorbing our chats and keeping the pieces close to his heart for when he needs them.

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