Firefighter Somchai Yoosabai keeps a Spiderman costume in his work locker to help liven up school fire drills. The costume came in handy when an autistic boy, frightened on his first day of school, retreated outside to a third-floor ledge and refused to come in.
Because Autistic children often have difficulty with interpersonal relationships, they can be unresponsive to others. Hearing that the boy loved superheroes, Somchai donned the Spidey costume.
The Spider-man clad firefighter climbed out onto the ledge and told the boy that “Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you.” He asked the boy to “walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous.” The child smiled, stood up, and walked immediately into Somchai’s arms.