A Melbourne mother has shared her experience grocery shopping with her autistic son in Coles’ new “Quiet Hour”, an initiative designed to benefit customers on the autism spectrum.
Lachlan is eight years old. He has never attended a full day of school, a failure on behalf of the education system but also a reflection of the way over-stimulation can affect him. His mother, 28-year-old Emily Dive says a typical trip to the supermarket can end with Lachlan crawling under shelves, running out of the store, and screaming and yelling in earnest.
“A trip to the supermarket may not seem like much to some, but for us, and many others, it’s a task that comes with many challenges,” Emily told Mamamia. “It can be quite distressing.”
She also shared her gratitude to the Coles Facebook page.
“The entire time we were in there, I was fighting back tears,”she posted to the supermarket’s Facebook page.
Good tears, she confirmed. Tears of the best kind.
“We walked side by side for the entire shopping trip, and the hardest challenge he faced was to make a decision about choosing Grainwaves or Tiny Teddies.”
The pair spent 40 minutes in the Ringwood, Melbourne, store during the ‘Quiet Hour’ that’s being trialled between 10.30am and 11.30am every Tuesday until October.