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Mom’s embarrassed when son with autism has meltdown at dinner. Strangers pay for meal and leave note


Being a parent is hard. Being a parent of an child with autism spectrum disorder is even harder. Cynthia Tipton was having dinner with her family at Bandana’s in Rock Hill when she saw the look on her son’s face. He was frustrated and she knew what was coming.

Her son- Noland is 10-years-old has high-functioning autism. With the disorder sometimes comes meltdowns which are not easily controlled.

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Noland started crying because his sister, Sophie had been teasing her little brother. He got a little embarrassed and started screaming and crying loudly. The parents were caught completely off guard. The screaming immediately made the parents self conscious as everyone started looking towards the family.

This isn’t the first time Noland has cried in public. They’ve had multiple encounters where certain restaurants asked them to leave and some even banned them from returning.


The mother walked over to Noland and knelt down besides him. She rubbed his back and whispered in his ear “You’re being kind of loud. It’s okay, buddy. Sophie was just teasing. Let’s calm down. Let’s be a little quieter. You’re safe.”

The crying continued for a moment but then subsided. The waitress then walked over and the family was convinced that another diner must have complained about the incident. Oh well… another restaurant we’re banned from but to her surprise another family paid for their dinner and left a note.

The note read, “Hi! We couldn’t help but notice what a great mother you are and what a beautiful family you have. God bless.” Tipton and her family were left speechless.

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She tried to look for the family to thank them in person but they gone.

Tipton then posts about the incident on Facebook in hopes of reaching the kind family and says that “I am overwhelmed and humbled by your thoughtfulness… It was so unexpected, and yet it made such a huge difference to our family,”

A beautiful act left by complete strangers. It’s hard sometimes when your child starts breaking down and you start getting looks. It is especially hard when your child is autistic since they have a much harder time controlling their emotions. What Tipton did in that situation with her son is something we all can learn from.

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[Source: STL Today ]

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