Footage of a young boy with Down syndrome comforting a boy with autism has gone viral on social media. The clip was met with an outpouring of love, as people recognize the boy’s empathetic attempt to make his friend feel better, and how the upset child responded by slowly calming as he’s hugged and patted.
This is the wholesome content we all need:
#VIRAL Un chico Down con un enorme corazón, consolando a su manera a su compañero de grupo, niño autista.Posted by Jalisco oculto on Friday, November 29, 2019
The footage was taken in a classroom in Mexico, according to VT, and has been watched over 20 million times on Facebook. It’s been posted to Reddit and all over Twitter, as people talk about people in their own lives with Down syndrome or autism and how this sort of interaction inspires them:
My nephew has "Down" Syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 3, 2019
I've never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does.
These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/mkMaKl0zsK
This young man with Down syndrome is comforting his distressed classmate who is autistic.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 3, 2019
This is the Twitter content I’m here for...💪😍😇🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ekh4e7tvun
“A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.”— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) December 4, 2019
This wonderful young man with down-syndrome comforts his autistic friend. pic.twitter.com/ArDpvdFpor
THIS IS THE CONTENT I'M HERE FOR— Urgent News (@UrgentNews911) December 5, 2019
This young man with Down syndrome is comforting his distressed classmate who is autistic.
MY HEART ❤😭
Children are often far more compassionate than adults. Watching their ability to love and support one another in difficult moments reminds us all of what we can do for each other.