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Teacher gets down on the ground to help a boy with autism navigate a breakdown

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Teacher gets down on the ground to help a boy with autism navigate a breakdown
Image Source: Steph Compton/Facebook

Children with disabilities often struggle with a lot of issues when adjusting to an environment they aren't comfortable with. However, a little support and assistance from people around them can help them a long way. LJ Compton has Down syndrome and is on the autistic spectrum, so when his afternoon bus arrived late at Garfield Elementary School in Marion, Ohio, the youngster struggled to understand his emotions, per Inspire More.



Despite the fact that they reside closer to another school, LJ's mother Steph selected Garfield because of the care and attention her son has always received from their personnel. She described LJ as a pleasant boy who usually always has a smile on his face, although he occasionally becomes overwhelmed and has a breakdown. She had no idea what had happened to her son until she a picture of him on Facebook. Amber Mckinniss, a school official, took the photograph. 

She wrote in the caption, "I had to take the picture. It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen! Our hearts melted and LJ enjoyed it." John Smith, a longstanding teacher, and the school's new assistant administrator, was stretched out on the pavement next to LJ. The wonderful instructor didn't waste any time in approaching LJ right where he was having a breakdown over the bus. 



The photo quickly went viral, and everyone was weighing in with nice comments about John and the school's commitment to creating a supportive environment for all children. One person wrote, "Mr.Smith was the BEST teacher! So glad he carries that with him as a principle !! Such a great guy!" Compton also posted the picture on her Facebook page and wrote, "I absolutely love this. LJ’s school has a new assistant principal this year, Mr. Smith, apparently LJ was having a 'moment' and he got down on his level to help him out. This is why even though we live across town LJ still goes to Garfield!!!" 

The post has 1.3k reactions and around 700 shares. Compton told NBC4i, "It’s really awesome to know from a parent’s standpoint, that there are people that care that much about your child. To get down on the ground, and lay on the ground with them to make sure that they’re alright" This little act of kindness of Smith made LJ feel accepted and acknowledged. Now, more than ever his parents know that he will be extremely safe while in school thanks to teachers like him. 



In another such wholesome incident, a high school band director went above and above to make a student's dream come true. Casey Hubbard, a trumpet player, planned to follow in the footsteps of his percussionist brother and join one of his high school bands, specifically the Southmoore High School marching band. However, he was born with spina bifida and has to use a wheelchair making it impossible for him to march.

He has been playing trumpet since seventh grade, so Adam Mewhorter, director of band at Southmoore in Moore, Oklahoma, knew he had tremendous potential. The band director went above and beyond to accommodate him into the marching band and even went ahead to assist Casey in pushing his wheelchair.

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