For a child with autism, something like going to the grocery store to buy food, especially while waiting in line, can easily become agitating.
When one such little boy, Dylan, was having problems while shopping at Asda with his mother, the workers decided to come up with a bunch of creative ways to keep him busy and entertained, even letting him become part of their team.
“He’s even been telling everyone he works at Asda!” Dylan’s mother, Michelle, said with pride.
This boy managed to get ‘hired’ at 7!
Dylan Russell has autism, and he normally loves to help his mother with her shopping at the Asda supermarket in Huyton, a small town in England, but he always had problems waiting at the checkout lane. One day, he came up with the idea to tidy up the shopping baskets near the checkout lanes, and that gave the store’s staff some ideas, too.
Gareth Hughes, who works as a cashier at the store, was one of the first people to take an interest in Dylan. He introduced himself to the boy and his mother after seeing him with the baskets.
“He was such a friendly and pleasant lad and I chatted to him and his mum before they left,” said Gareth.
“I didn’t think too much of it until the next week when he came in again, saw me and said ‘Hello Gareth, how are you?’ I knew then I’d made a little friend!”
The little boy quickly became part of the store’s family
To help Dylan feel welcome, the staff then started giving him little “odd jobs” to perform around the store, like telling people to go to the next open check-out lane.
They also allowed Dylan to take “tours” of the store, and see places usually prohibited for other shoppers, like the store freezer, the back rooms, and the delivery area. He even got to make his own pizza!
“We knew he would be coming back the week after so we made him a name badge which he loved and took home with him,” Hughes said.
“It’s just been little things, really, to show him what we do and make him feel welcome when he comes to the store.”
The little boy’s mother was truly grateful
Seven-year-old Dylan was invited in for a special day “working” in our Huyton store after colleagues spotted him tidying…
Michelle, Dylan’s mother, said the boy is really proud of being able to help the store and he keeps telling everyone about his brand new name badge.
“He’s in his element when he’s in the store,” she explained, according to Your Asda.