Maybe you think it’s cool to hate Pokémon Go. Maybe you think its cool to be completely apathetic about it. It’s also officially cool to have your stone cold heart warmed at the knowledge that it’s changing some people’s lives, for the better.
Like Ralphie Koppelman: a 6-year-old boy who has autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia.
“I would call it Ralph’s first taste of what it’s like to have something in common with the rest of the world,” his mom, Lenore Koppelman, told Today, referring to Pokémon Go. “He gets excited enough that he wants to reach out and communicate. It’s like an awakening in his socialization.”
Individuals on the autism spectrum and with hyperlexia struggle in social interactions. But Lenore said in a Facebook post that thanks to Pokémon Go, Ralphie was interacting with neighbors, friends and strangers.
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