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Published: Friday, Nov. 9 2012 9:22 p.m. MST

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Krisis86
Draper, UT

My 4 year old son is on the autism spectrum. I'm pretty sure nothing can make meltdowns more "bearable" per se, but it is nice to see that people are actually recognizing that some kids just can't help it. At least once a day I consider buying my son a week's worth of shirts that say "AUTISTIC" or have the autism puzzle on it so that people won't give us death glares when he's screaming and bawling for no obvious reason.

Way to go, BRIO. Let's get more Autism Aware places in Utah.

luv2organize
Gainesville, VA

Having a special needs child can be so difficult. I'm happy to hear that BRIO is making strides to train its team on how to best serve customers with different needs. In general this type of training would be helpful in most customer oriented establishments.

grandmagreat
Lake Havasu City, AZ

We are the grandparents of an Autistic Child. She especially loves her grandpa, and has since she was a tiny child and not yet diagnosed. She is now a 23 year old High School graduate, and an eternal companion for her mother, who is a widow at the age of 50. Her mother's comment is that she doesn't know how she could cope with being alone without her.
she also teaches the nursery in her ward, such love and compassion you cannot always find in a 23 year old girl.

We also have a great Grandson with Autism, he is one of 6 children in his family, and we ask ourselves why are we so blessed to be in the family with these special spirits.

We pray that people will understand these special childrens needs when they are out in the public.

toshi1066
OGDEN, UT

"If we take them away from the situation, they will not learn," she said. "We have to fight through it and would love more support than the look that we're not doing our job as parents."

On the other hand is it really fair to the child to force them to "bear" sensory overload?

Sparky908
Yakima, WA

"is it really fair to the child to force them to "bear" sensory overload?"

As a father of an Autistic child, the whole thing isn't fair, to the child or the parent. However I realized that for this child to live a full life when I have passed, means he must be able to deal with his environment. Most times I will prepare him for what he must face reminding him of what is expected, but no, I will not shield him from what normal life I can provide. He has learned to be responsible for himself, perform chores and assignments at home and school, get his homework done and set and follow a routine.

Am I being an unfair parent? Not in the least. He usually wants to go even further. I let him attempt as much as he is capable. We might shadow him just to ensure he is safe and polite, then intercede when he runs into the "zealots". We all live lives that include a little overload, my son just needs to be taught how to deal with it a little bit more than others, along with some more space to do it in.

AK UTE
Palmer, AK

Thank you BRIO....I am a parent of Autistic child and really appreciate the efforts to become more familiar with their issues. We are from out of state but visit SLC every year for Christmas we will be sure to make BRIO part of this years trip....see you in a few weeks!

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