Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, a mother of a child with autism was able to enjoy a pleasant end to a meal with her son.
In a Jan. 18 Facebook post, Lauren Copp Nordberg of Bainbridge, Washington, described her day after she took her young son, Elliot, out to lunch. Elliot, who 6 1/2 years old and has autism, suffered a meltdown during the meal:
I should have known better than to take him out for lunch after a dentist appointment, but he was so excited for pancakes and I promised so there was no turning back. He remembered that he forgot something at home that he wanted and within seconds he was in full on autistic meltdown. We had just ordered our food. After several minutes of stares, I took him outside until our food came so he could have his moments without me getting all the stares.
Once the child saw the food, Copp Nordberg wrote that he calmed down and proceeded to eat. After a while, he started back up again. After she asked the owner for the receipt, the mother was presented with a note from an anonymous mother who paid her bill.
“Have a great day!” the note read. “You are doing a wonderful job! :) God bless from a mother who knows."
According to Ambitious About Autism, children on the autistic spectrum may exhibit either tantrums or meltdowns. Whereas a tantrum is considered to be an attention-seeking tactic, meltdowns occur when children are overwhelmed with distress and have completely lost control of their behavior. Sensory, information and emotional overloads are some of the factors that may lead to a meltdown in a person with autism.
Cyndi Moody, the owner of the restaurant, commented on Copp Nordberg’s coping skills during the incident.
“I would like to chime in here.... I was there and witnessed Elliot's meltdown, and Lauren could not have handled it better… I see her with the kids in the restaurant often, and she truly is an amazing mother!!” Moody wrote in the comments section of Copp Nordberg's Facebook post. “Proud to have them as my customers and friends!!”
“There is good in the world and this mama is thankful for the kindness of strangers,” Copp Nordberg concluded in her post.