Starbucks barista with autism channels sudden movements into dance moves
A video has gone viral showing a teenager with autism channeling his sudden movements at work into dancing.
Sam, whose name and age were not given, is seen in a YouTube video dancing while working as a barista at an unknown Starbucks location.
The video, which has been viewed over 100,000 times since Monday, was posted by Carly Fleischmann on Jan. 22. Fleischmann is a Toronto-based advocate for autism who has the condition herself.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children have been identified with autism.
“I would like to introduce you to a young teenager named Sam,” writes Fleischmann of the video of Sam who is seen working alongside his manager, Chris, preparing a drink.
Sam is seen making the beverage and stopping halfway through it show off some of his awesome dance moves with his manager standing nearby smiling and dancing as well.
“When he was offered a position to work at Starbucks Sam told his parents that for the first time in his life.. [it has] real meaning,” Fleischmann also wrote.
She goes on to say Sam, like a lot of individuals with autism, has a “hard time keeping his body still,” but his manager believed in him and got the teenager “to channel his movements into dance.”
But it took a lot of shifts for Sam to get where he is today, but now he is known as the “dancing barista” and “if it wasn’t for Chris believing in Sam he would of [sic] never believed in himself.”
The full two-minute video can be viewed here.
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