During a recent train ride from Winchester to Farnbourgh, a nice young man stepped in to help single mom, Gayna Pealling calm down her child who was experiencing some “tension” on the train. The young man was called Daniel Ball.
Action of heroic stranger in calming a child with Autism melted our hearts
For children suffering from ASD, the unexpected surge of emotions and stress can cause them to feel slightly displaced, and their anxiousness can be displayed through certain physical behaviors which might be physical.
Jack, the child who is suffering from both ASD and ADHD, was hitting his mother and younger sister when Daniel stepped in (hitting might not be right, but I know from my experiences with my daughter that sometimes, their expressiveness is simply an extension of how they are really feeling at that point, and we should show understanding).
Gayna shared about this story on her Facebook and the story went viral, and Daniel has now started a fundraising campaign to help other parents with autistic children as well. She also shared comments about how some people can think she is a “bad mom” despite her trying to explain Jack has ASD and ADHD when Jack got agitated.
Jack got intrigued when Daniel stepped in and started coloring with him and his sister
Daniel stepped in just when things were getting slightly rowdy, and started coloring with the Amy (Jack’s sister) and Jack subsequently got intrigued enough to join in. Gayna was touched by this gesture, and Daniel reassured his assistance with the two children by saying “I’ve got it”.
Gayna subsequently shared about her experiences in being denied entry into public transportation because of Jack’s behaviors. As a single mother, I cannot imagine how stressful it must have been for Gayna, and yet despite all these, she is still staying strong and starting a campaign together with Daniel to provide support for Autism. The campaign aims to spread more awareness about Autism and their implication and you can participate here on the JustGiving page.
People suffering from Autism are a part of our society as well. We have to understand that the world is not just about ourselves but something bigger, and true happiness comes from paying it forward, fulfillment of the soul.