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Boy with autism helped by Universal Orlando employee who knew what to do | 10News WTSP
While Spider-Man seemed to take the day off, a superhero of another kind at Universal Orlando Resort made all the difference. Lenore Koppelman and her husband took their 9-year-old son Ralph, who has autism, to the theme park last month while on a trip from New York. She told her story on Facebook: It would be the first-ever trip for the young boy, and he was so excited for The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride at Islands of Adventure. "As wonderful, loving, intelligent and incredible as Ralph is, sometimes he struggles. (Don’t we all?)," Koppelman wrote. "When he struggles the hardest, he can have something known as an 'autistic meltdown.'"