The first time my girl ever shared emotion and internalized the pain of others was when we watched the movie, Flicka. I sat in awe in the movie theatre as she cried when the girl was losing her horse. I too began to cry as I realized that she DOES feel empathy, she does sense emotion in others and can express her own sadness for others.
Fast forward a few years to now. Marley and Me in the movies. My girl and I both sat there and sobbed. (It didn’t help that we have our own yellow lab at home).
To the typical child/family, crying at the movies may not be a big deal. But to my child/family and Autism, it is HUGE!
We celebrate those tears as growth!