[Source: The Today Show]
The “Pokemon Go” craze has been linked to car crashes, grim discoveries and even reports of people falling off a cliff. But the wildly popular mobile game has also led to a beautiful awakening in a 6-year-old boy named Ralphie.
Ralphie Koppelman has autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia. He struggles socially, doesn’t usually make eye contact with strangers, has difficulty holding conversations and panics when his routine changes.
But playing the game for the first time unlocked something special inside him.
Within minutes of starting the game, his parents were thrilled — and shocked — to see him laughing, smiling and even sharing a high-five with kids he didn’t know, as he joined in the common pursuit of capturing those colorful, virtual creatures.