By Anne Cacherell
Never miss a chance to make others happy because the world is badly in need of it. Lindsay Jolly has a 6-year-old son named Brock, who is on the autism spectrum. As a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or difficulties in processing information from the five senses, Brock has severe anxiety and responds to things in an unusual way, which make it difficult for him to communicate.
But everything changed when Lindsay made a stop at the Osceola Police Station to take care of past parking tickets. One of the officers showed Brock kindness and a great deal of patience by showing him around and answering his repetitive questions. Lindsay knew that it made her son really happy, but she didn’t expect that that simple act of kindness would trigger her son’s dream of becoming a police officer someday. Three weeks later, Brock showed big improvement in overcoming his anxiety when he approached and asked Officer Mongrel, to take a picture with him, together with his K9 Officer Riko.
Sometimes, simple acts of kindness can create positive impact and big changes to people’s lives. Have you ever gone out of your way to make a child feel special? Share with us your experience.