Snow White helps soothe crying boy with autism at Disney World
在迪斯尼乐园，白雪公主帮助安抚哭泣的自闭症男孩 - 听力课堂
Mom Lauren Bergner knew a trip to Disney World with her 6-year-old son Brody, who has autism, would require a lot of planning.
Brody’s condition makes it difficult for him to communicate with others and be in crowds, and Bergner, 37, knows that public tantrums are sometimes inevitable.
“It’s not his fault,” she told TODAY Parents.
She saw one coming on Sunday while Brody was in line to meet Snow White at Epcot. It had been a long, hot day of excitement with his brothers Billy, 14, and Jake, 9.
“Brody was overheated, sweating and overwhelmed by everything,” Bergner said. “He just started crying.”
When the original Disney princess spotted the distressed tot — she knew exactly how to soothe him.
“She kissed, hugged and cuddled him,” Bergner wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral with now 88,000 shares. “She then took him for a walk away from the crowd! She was amazing.”
Even Bergner got emotional when she saw how quickly Brody warmed up to the kind stranger.
“I lost it. I was crying,” Bergner said. “She led him to a bench and he was leaning into her, and she was hugging him. Brody loves squeezes and soft, soothing voices.”
And she was pleasantly surprised when she realized that the long line had no problem patiently waiting while Snow White took care of Brody.
“I turned around, and they started clapping,” she said. “It was this magical moment that we will never, ever forget.”