Clerk Goes Out Of His Way For Autistic Boy (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

In an unkind world, it can be tough raising any child, let alone an autistic one.

"As a mother, as an autism parent, it will feel like the world is brutal and unkind and like nothing you do is right," explains Gem Salter, whose son River, 6, is autistic, Scary Mommy reports. "It will feel like the world is judging you, judging your child."

That's probably why Salter was so touched by the treatment British store Clarks Shoes gave her autistic child on Aug. 30.

"Last week we brought our 6 year old son, River, to the Clarks Village outlet store in Street to be measured for school shoes," Salter, who lives in England, explains on Facebook. "Being autistic, he really struggles with crowds, long queues and noisy places. The store was heaving!"

Knowing there was no way her autistic son was going to be able to handle the situation, she quickly turned to a Clarks Village outlet store store employee, Aaran Daniels, for help.

The man went out of of his way to assist the family.

"Without hesitation, Aaran led us away from the noise and crowds to a staff room and placed a Do Not Disturb sign on the door," Salter said. "He was very patient with River, who was anxious, and went and got lots of different shoes for him to try on."

"We left with a great pair of shoes [and] a very happy boy," she added.

What's more, he made sure Aaron would have an even better shopping experience next time.

"Aaran also gave us the store number and said they'd happily book us an appointment before the store opens so that it's quiet," said the grateful mother. "Autism acceptance at it's best!!"

Facebook users worldwide responded to the post, some recalling various moments the same shoe store in other locations helped them.

Remarkably, one user even mentioned the same Aaran.

"Aaron is also the guy who helped get the right pair of school shoes for my daughter last week," wrote Facebook user Sam Gee. "She has Down Syndrome and will say yes to any question so asking if a shoe is comfy or fits well just doesn't work. It was really hard getting a good fit and Aaron was really patient and just kept trying pair after pair! Eventually we got some! A lovely guy & a credit to the store."

Sources: Scary Mommy, Clarks Shoes/Facebook / Photo credit: Gem Salter via Scary Mommy, Clarks Shoes/Facebook, Gem Salter/Facebook

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