A group of teenagers taught a 5-year-old autistic boy how to lead a skateboard on his birthday


His mother, Kristen Braconi, took him to a skate park in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for his fifth birthday last week. As Carter drove his scooter, a group of older children appeared and began to teach him how to use a mini skateboard.

They showed him how to balance, offered encouraging words, and helped him when he fell. Later, he sang his birthdays as well.

"The kids went up and over and that was the point," said Brown, who shot the scene and shared it on the local community Facebook page.

"I wanted to recognize children and their parents because when you can show your parents how polite and respected they are when you're not around you you know you've done a great job!" He told CNN, "They did a lot more than they knew" .

Brooklyn says teenagers did not know that Carter has autism.

"They wanted to do it for him and their kindness and inclusion without knowing anything that happened with him was amazing," he said, adding that Carter gained great confidence from positive social interaction.

In one of the videos, the oldest boy who lent Carter to the skateboard can be heard saying, "This child is already better than me."

After they left the park, Braconi and her son went to get ice cream and sandwiches and brought them back for the kids, she said.

Her videos went viral and prompted South Brunswick police to share an appeal on Twitter in the hope of finding older children to reward them for their kindness.

"Superheroes" were soon found.

"We will have a pizza party, probably next week," said Braconi.