Tina Shallis responds to the stranger at the store who said that Tina's 7-year-old autistic son "needs help":
He is oh so handsome, which you may have noticed. When you look into his eyes, you can see what a sweet soul he has. He has just the cutest smile. He giggles like there is no tomorrow and it is so infectious it brings you to tears. He loves to be snuggled. He climbs into your lap for a big big hug. His heart is full of love! He is so smart. He likes to sing and he likes to dance and he is very happy and fun to be around. He is so amazing and you would be lucky to know him.
So, to your comment “he needs help,” you are right, he does. And that, my friend, is why we were in that store and near that bathroom for that amount of time. We are committed to helping him (despite how difficult it can be), teaching him so that he can learn to function and be a part of this community. What he needs is for people, all people, to be understanding and compassionate, to lend a hand or give a pat on the back. To recognize his struggle and perhaps say a prayer for him as we did for you before tucking him into bed tonight.