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Mom Wasn’t Expecting This To Happen When Employee Approaches Her Autistic Son

Shekira Farrell was out running some errands with her son, 6-year-old Jaiden Farrell-Harris. The pair stopped at beauty supply store in Neptune, New Jersey, and Shekira became concerned when her son started acting out.

Jaiden is Autistic, and not everyone knows quite how to deal with that, so she became concerned that things would escalate into an awkward situation. As MSN shares, her fears were quickly put to rest when a kind employee approached her son.

As Shekira explains, Jaiden started getting fidgety, and he started getting a little handsy with items in the store while he was running around.

“He couldn’t really help it and wasn’t trying to cause trouble, and I knew that, so I was going after him and trying to calm him down and put the items back in their right place,” she explained.

She expected the worst when the employee approached, but she quickly realized her fears were unfounded.

“She was so kind and it caught me off guard. When Jaiden went to the sunglasses and kept touching them, she approached him calmly and asked him to put them on so she could see how cool he looked. He got so happy and quickly put them on,” Shekira continued.

Shekira was so moved by how gracefully the kind woman handled the situation that she took to social media to share her story.

“I just wanted to share this story because I always read other stories from parents of a worker or a stranger going above and beyond for their autistic/special needs child and they always make me so happy,” she wrote.

The experience was a welcome surprise for Shekira and her son, as she has become far too familiar with people becoming rattled when her son acts out. That’s led to some unfortunate situations in the past, and Shekira’s heart breaks a little each time it happens.

While she understands that it is partially because those that don’t deal with Autistic children on a regular basis just simply don’t understand, it doesn’t make those sly comments or disapproving looks any easier to take. Thankfully, she now has this awesome experience to stick in her back pocket and make things easier the next time she has an unfortunate run-in.

“As an autism parent, moments like that in public are both exhausting and nerve-racking, but she made it special,” she added.

Source: MSN
Photo: Shekira Farrell/MSN

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