A little boy with autism was having a meltdown at Disney Land and Snow White helped soothe and comfort him.
Mom, Lauren Bergner had spent many months getting 6-year-old son Brody ready for Disney World. He has autism and preparing him for change helps him adjust better. But Bergner, 37, knows that meltdowns are nothing new for her son who is sensitive to noise and crowds. “It’s not his fault,” she said.
She knew that it was a while before something would happen, as Brody waited to meet Snow White at Epcot Theme Park.
It was a hot day and Brody went from ride to ride with his brothers Billy, 14, and Jake, 9, and he was done. “Brody was overheated, sweating and overwhelmed by everything,” Bergner said. “He just started crying.”
Snow White appeared and did all she could to soothe the nonverbal boy. “She kissed, hugged and cuddled him,” Bergner wrote in a Facebook post which went viral with 69,000 shares. “She then took him for a walk away from the crowd! She was amazing.”
Bergner and her husband, Bill, saw Brody connect with a stranger so well for the first time. “I lost it. I was crying,” Bergner said. “She lead him to a bench and he was leaning into her and she was hugging him. Brody loves squeezes and soft, soothing voices.”
Bergner was anxious that the line of people waiting to take a picture with Snow White would be angry, but it was not so, “I turned around and they started clapping,” she said. “It was this magical moment that we will never, ever forget.”
I am so emotional with these pictures !! Brody was having a meltdown . It was our turn to take pictures with her and he…
This must have been a truly magical experience for Brody and his family at Epcot theme park, an act of kindness really changed the game for all of them.