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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:22 AM
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'Spider-Man' rescues autistic Thai boy
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 03:34 AM by depakid
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

A Thai fireman turned superhero when he dressed up as comic-book character Spider-Man to coax a frightened eight-year-old from a balcony, police said on Tuesday. Teachers at a special needs school in Bangkok alerted authorities on Monday when an autistic pupil, scared of attending his first day at school, sat out on the third-floor ledge and refused to come inside, a police sergeant told AFP.

Despite teachers' efforts to beckon the boy inside, he refused to budge until his mother mentioned her son's love of superheroes, prompting fireman Sonchai Yoosabai to take a novel approach to the problem.

The rescuer dashed back to his fire station and made a quick change into a Spider-Man costume before returning to the boy, he said.

"I told him Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you and I told him to walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous," Somchai told local television.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/spiderman-rescures-autistic...
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geomon666 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:28 AM
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1. That is awesome.
Just for the record, I keep a spare Batman costume handy for just such occasions however, people keep running away from me. :(
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Sultana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:32 AM
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3. hehe
LOL
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:56 AM
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:31 AM
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2. Gotta love heroes. n/t
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:37 AM
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4. That is really cool.
:)

He just happened to have a Spiderman costume. After all, doesn't everyone? :P

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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:47 AM
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5. He keeps the costume at the station to "liven up school fire drills."
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 03:48 AM by depakid
:D
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 04:23 AM
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6. Oh is that how it's done? Here in the states they'd just tase him down. n/t
:shrug:

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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:50 AM
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9. And Disney would sue the firefighter for copyright infringment...
And Marvel ought to send him something better than a no-prize as a thank-you.
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Rebubula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:30 AM
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18. A NO-Prize???
You are showing your age and Geek level..

I never got one, but always wanted one.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:06 AM
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7. What a wonderful story.
Reminds me of the story Keith Olbermann has told about some parents who told him many years ago, back when he was on ESPN, that they had a son who would never communicate with anyone, and then they found a drawing of his that was an illustration of Keith's catch phrases from SportsCenter: "biscuit in the basket" and so on. They didn't know how or why, but he'd made a connection with their son.

This guy found a way to make the same kind of connection when it was very important.
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D23MIURG23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:34 AM
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8. K&R for creativity. n/t
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:18 AM
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11. As the Mother of an Autistic Child, I Have Tears In My Eyes
and I'm seriously thinking of moving to Thailand. Somebody gets it.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:25 AM
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12. thank God he liked superheroes and not Barney or the Wiggles
can you imagine - on the ledge? Glad they were thinking on their feet!
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:57 AM
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17. Right. Or the "Teletubbies!" n/t
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 07:58 AM by FailureToCommunicate
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Brucie Kibbutz Donating Member (704 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:40 AM
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13. "With great power comes great responsibility".
Sounds like he's handling it just fine. :applause:
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:43 AM
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14. WOW - That is awesome - Looking around the site I found this video about a saved baby monkey too!
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 07:45 AM by 1776Forever
http://media.smh.com.au/national/breaking-news/baby-mon...

What a darling little thing it is! I think I heard the lady say it was from Vietnam. Good things to wake up to - thanks for the link!



:kick:
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:47 AM
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15. That's the best story I've heard in a long time
Wonderful!!
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Stargazer09 Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:47 AM
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16. What a nice story!
Good thing he had that costume handy. :D
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:02 AM
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19. I remember reading about a child who only related to a certain pro wrestler
so the parents and their doctor arranged a meeting...Woot, here it is!

Autism Spectrum Disorder, considered one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities...inhibits communication and interpersonal skills, along with other symptoms. But Willie and Tommy are beating autism at its own game and WWE has been instrumental in their progress...

We would all start watching WWE together as a family...What the shows enabled us to do is help him to understand different social situations.

According to the Autism Society of America...social skills training is an important part of treatment for those diagnosed with autism. This training teaches children the nuts and bolts of social situations. And each show Raw, SmackDown and ECW presents various ways for Donohue to teach her sons...about some of lifes lessons...


So it turns out to be good for something, LOL!

:headbang:
rocktivity

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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:12 AM
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21. Wow, that is beautiful! n/t
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:15 AM
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22. i just do the cool guy peter parker walk, shooting everyone with my fingers....
as a chick magnet it is NOT working.... on the other hand NOBODY is trying to mug me anymore
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:53 AM
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23. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, saves the kids because he can.
Spins a web, and he's Thai
Balconies are no sweat
Look out!
Here comes the Spider-Man!
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:38 AM
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24. okay, this is neat and all but why does a fireman keep a spider man costume at the fire house?
:scared:
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Abacus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 12:46 PM
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25. It's in the article.
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 02:05 PM
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26. AP BREAKING: Stan Lee to sue Thai fireman.
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 02:05 PM by Guy Whitey Corngood
Now that would be fucked up. :evilgrin:
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