I took both of my boys, ages 5 & 3, to have pictures made for TaeKwonDo.

My oldest son has been diagnosed w/ Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD. We are on a waiting list to see a specialist because his therapists and counselor believe that he may have Asperger's.

As soon as we walked into the place for pics my oldest starts into full on meltdown mode. I tried to calm him down but nothing was working. He was crying and waving his hands like crazy.

The man who runs the academy came over and asked me what was going on with him. I seriously was so overwhelmed. I just said 'he's having a meltdown...not sure why.'

He bent down and calmly asked him what was wrong. My son stopped crying and told him that he was afraid that the flashes would hurt his eyes.

He then walked to the people taking the pictures and asked them if they could take his pictures without firing the strobes. They turned them off for him and his pics turned out awesome.

I am so grateful for his kindness.

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Mar 14, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your story!
by: Diane


Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. :)

I know how easily I get overwhelmed when my son has a meltdown and I have no idea why. This is an excellent reminder of how wonderful some people can be with our kids when we're in that "overwhelmedness" state.

It's tough to not feel guilty afterwards because it's like "why couldn't I figure that out".

But sometimes we're hurting so much ourselves and so confused and overwhelmed that we can't see what's causing the problem, and it's wonderful when someone can step in like he did and calm things down. :)

My kids were in TaeKwonDo when they were much, much younger than now. Their teacher, not the owner of the academy, was wonderful.

Teacher David we called him and although Cameron had not been diagnosed yet it was very clear that there was "something going on" with him.

Teacher David was wonderful with and for Cameron. :)

Any child on the Autism spectrum who has your child's teacher is a lucky kid indeed because it sounds like that teacher/owner really does care. :)

Please tell him we said thank you and if you're so inclined please feel free to come back and post his name as a thank you for caring about our kids. :)

Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

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