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Iowa student with autism makes new lunchtime friends

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A small act of kindness between students at Woodbury Central high school in Moville, Iowa has helped a once shy student become a little more outgoing.

Gage was born with Aspergers syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum.

That causes him to normally be very shy and non-verbal.

Instead of eating lunch by himself over the last few weeks, Gage has been embraced by a table of seniors.

Gage's grandmother says that the lunch group has improved his interaction with others, so much so that Gage has started to talk more. 

"He's just started to talk. He never used to talk before. He would just kind of duck his head and go 'uh," said Gage's grandmother, Diane Ashley. 

Gage turned 15 years old yesterday, so to celebrate, his grandmother treated her grandson and his friends to pizza and cupcakes.

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