Gayna Pealling was traveling on the train with her two young children when her 5-year-old son Jack became agitated. The mother of two explained to HuffPost UK that normally her son likes trains, but due to their need to transfer trains, thus making their journey longer and busier than usual, he had a meltdown.
“It started getting really busy and by the time we got on the train, he was angry and upset. He was cursing and kicking the chair,” Pealling told HuffPost UK. “It got out of hand.”
An unexpected transfer caused Jack to become agitated.
Thankfully a young man, whom Pealling referred to as her “hero,” lent a helping hand.
When Pealling noticed other commuters staring at her son she felt the need to explain the situation.
“I explained to people around me about Jack’s ADHD and autism and asked them to bear with us, but you can tell people think you’re a bad mum sometimes,” she told Mirror.co.uk.
Pealling attempted to get her son to take his ADHD medicine, but he refused.
Dan Ball, a commuter on the train noticed Pealling struggle to get Jack to take his daily ADHD medication, so he stepped in and told the 5-year-old that he too took medicine and asked Jack to show him how he took his medicine. The trick worked and Jack complied.
The 21-year-old started to play with Pealling’s 4-year-old daughter, and when Jack realized what Ball was doing he wanted to join.
For the remainder of the train ride, approximately an hour, Ball helped keep Jack calm.
Pealling was extremely grateful for Ball’s help. She explained to Mirror.co.uk that taking public transportation is extremely difficult for the family.
Jack tends to have a meltdown in busy and noisy places. Pealling tries to explain her son’s behavior, but is not always successful. They have reportedly been kicked off of the bus 12 times this year alone.
Although Pealling called Ball her hero, he doesn’t see himself as one.
“It’s lovely people have made such a big deal out of it. But from my perspective it’s just about helping people, nothing miraculous,” Ball told the Evening Standard. “I’m not a hero or anything.”
Since the random encounter, Ball launched a campaign with his mother, who is a special-needs educational consultant, called Come To My Rescue.
The mother and son duo want to raise awareness and let parents know there are people out there who are willing to lend a helping hand. For more information you can visit the campaign’s website.