It is not always visible that a child is a special needs child. e.g. epilepsy, autism and the list goes on. There are thousands, possibly millions of Special Needs Mums that we have no knowledge of. Some are embarrassed to ask for help which is understandable sometimes. I felt sorry for one Special Needs Mum in a supermarket one day. I could see she was struggling at the checkout. Her baby was distressed so she was trying to pacify her and load groceries onto the checkout at the same time. I helped her and was told by passers-by to mind my own… and stay out of it. I was really annoyed but didn’t reply because I knew the Mum had overheard what was said and got really distressed. My priority was to the Mum and her baby. She had her car keys in her hand when she was leaving so I asked her to wait until I could talk to her…so I could calm her down before she got in her car and drove. I spoke to the girl on the checkout and she got somebody to pack my groceries as she was scanning them instead of her packing them. I caught up with the lady and talked to her. She eventually told me she was embarrassed for me. I explained to her not to worry about it, but that person had better not bail me up in the shop at a later date or I might not be so polite. I asked if she was OK to drive home safely and she replied “yes, thank you”. I’m glad she was because I have Epilepsy and am unable to drive. Fortunately I have never had a seizure in a shopping centre. Some don’t think about that if they see somebody having one. They just think they’re a drug addict or excessive drunk.

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Published 16th October 2019

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