A proud dad has taken to Reddit to open up about his autistic daughter's touching breakthrough. Posting on the 'daddit' section of the popular site, he explained that his daughter Arwen usually "ignores people she doesn't know", but on this occasion made friends and even embraced another girl, despite having never initiated a hug before.
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He wrote: "A little girl walked up and asked if she could play with my daughter… I told her that Arwen had autism and she might play, but she might not. I told the girl that she doesn't talk, and that if she didn't want to play it wasn't the girl's fault, 'It's not that she doesn't like you, she just isn't comfortable with new people'. I expected her to ignore the girl. Instead they played on the climbing wall and the slides… Arwen followed her to different playground equipment, and when she went down first she looked back to make sure the girl was coming."
A proud dad posted the story on Reddit
He continued: "When it was time to go, I asked Arwen if she wanted to say goodbye. What happened next had me, the teacher, and Arwen's mum… tearing up. Arwen hugged her. That never happens....she doesn't even initiate hugs with people she knows… If you're in Jamestown, you have a daughter named Ava, and she told you about playing with a girl named Arwen today, you are an AWESOME parent. Both the teacher and I thanked her for being nice to Arwen, and she looked at us like she had no idea what we were talking about. It was obvious that it never occurred to her to treat Arwen differently than any other kid. I think that was got me the most. I never thought I'd get to see her make a friend."
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Readers were quick to praise the beautiful story, with one writing: "Wow. All of that followed up by physical contact. That is amazing." Another added: "Aw, what an amazing story. Your heart must have just swelled up. I got goosebumps reading it!"