Dancing Toronto Starbucks barista with autism goes viral

A video of an autistic teen dancing as he works at a Toronto Starbucks has gone viral.

The video, posted to YouTube, shows a teenage boy named Sam dancing as he prepares a drink for a customer.

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As of Tuesday morning, it had been viewed nearly 140,000 times.

The video was posted by Carly Fleischmann, a young woman with autism so severe that she cannot speak. Instead, Fleischman uses writing to communicate, and has posted blogs and co-authored a book to share her story.

Fleischmann posted the video shot at a Toronto Starbucks on Friday, along with some information on the teen.

Fleischmann wrote that the barista's name is Sam, and that he has autism.

"When he was offered a position to work at Starbucks Sam told his parents that for the first time in his life, that his life had real meaning," she wrote.

Like many with autism, Sam has a movement disorder, Fleischmann wrote. He has a hard time keeping his body still, and never thought he'd be able to work behind the coffee counter because of his sudden movements.

"But his manager Chris believed in him and got Sam to channel his movements into dance," she wrote.

"Sam is now known as the dancing barista. If it wasn't for Chris believing in Sam he would (have) never believed in himself."

Fleischmann posted a video of the teen steaming milk has he dances and bobs his head to the beat. As he adds whipped cream to the drink, Sam's manager can be seen dancing in the background.

At the end of the video, they dance together and smile at the camera.



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