‘It Was True Magic’ – Snow White uses Disney magic to calm boy with autism who was having a meltdown
Traveling with children can be daunting, and when you travel with a child who has autism and requires organized structure, venturing out into unfamiliar surroundings can add an entirely new dimension to the experience.
37-year-old, Lauren Bergner, spent months trying to prepare her 6-year-old son Brody for Disney World’s EPCOT.
Brody has autism and communicating with him ahead of time about change before it happens helps him to adjust more easily.
Bergner understands meltdowns are inevitable for her son, who is sensitive to noise and crowds – “It’s not his fault,” she said.
Bergner knew a possible meltdown was coming on Sunday, while Brody was waiting to meet Snow White at Epcot Theme Park. It was hot, even by Florida standards. Brody had spent the day hopping from ride to ride with his brothers Billy, 14, and Jake, 9, and he was just done.
“Brody was overheated, sweating and overwhelmed by everything,” Bergner said. “He just started crying.”
Snow White seemed to use some kind of Disney magic as she knew exactly what to do to soothe the boy, who is nonverbal.
“She kissed, hugged and cuddled him,” Bergner wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral with 69,000 shares. “She then took him for a walk away from the crowd! She was amazing.”
Lauren and her husband, Bill Bergner, watched in awe as this unfolded before their very eyes. They had never seen Brody connect with a stranger, or anyone, so quickly.
“I lost it. I was crying,” Bergner told TODAY Parents. “She led him to a bench and he was leaning into her and she was hugging him. Brody loves squeezes and soft, soothing voices.”
Bergner was worried the long line of people waiting to take a picture with Snow White would be aggravated, but it was just the opposite.
“I turned around and they started clapping,” she said. “It was this magical moment that we will never, ever forget.”
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Source Lauren Bergner – Facebook