Shekira Farrell was recently visiting a beauty supply store with her 6-year-old son, Jaiden, who has autism. When her son became restless, she expected other shoppers and employees to stare or be rude to them—she never expected what actually happened.
When Shekira and her son first arrived at the store, she knew he was getting restless and hungry. She knew he wouldn’t last much longer, but she just needed to pick up a few things.
As she shopped, he ran down the aisle she was in and touched different things. “He couldn’t really help it,” she shared. “He wasn’t trying to cause trouble, and I knew that, so I was going after him and trying to calm him down.”
People often complain about him or stare at him, so she wanted to make sure he didn’t disrupt any other shoppers. Luckily, there weren’t too many other people in the store.
When a store employee approached her son, Shekira was afraid of what might happen. But the employee treated him way differently than she expected.
When Jaiden was touching some sunglasses on a rack the employee approached him and asked him to pose as she snapped some photos. She even complimented him.
Shekira posted about the experience on Instagram. “My son was so happy,” she shared. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my 6 years of being an Autism parent. And I can’t explain how grateful I was.”
When it came time for them to leave, Jaiden didn’t want to. He gave his new friend a hug and told her he would miss her.
This is such a good reminder that so often, parents just need a little help. Instead of standing to the side and judging, we can actually help them out. That can be a huge blessing to the parent and the child.
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