Can I Play Too?
“Joey” attended the day camp where I worked for the past three summers. As an 11-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, Joey was capable of doing many of the things that other kids could do, yet he struggled in forming friendships. It was obvious, even to the other children, that he desperately desired to relate with the other campers, but his awkward social behaviors got in the way of making friends. Even though he was working hard to improve, his differences caused other children to avoid him.