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A mum has praised the actions of a 'wonderful' Tesco delivery driver after he went out of his way to show kindness to her autistic son.
Lauren Browne, a mum of two from Andover in Hampshire posted her thanks on Facebook after the delivery man went above and beyond the call of duty when bringing her weekly shop around this Monday.
Lauren's son has autism and is non-verbal, as such, he didn't speak to the driver when he arrived to start bringing the shopping in.
After he said, "Are you not up for talking today, wee man?" to the young boy, Lauren explained that he doesn't talk as a result of his autism, after which the delivery driver tried to find an alternative way to communicate with him and involved him in the bringing in of the shopping.
Because of his additional needs, Lauren has become used to people not trying very hard to communicate with her son once they realise he is non-verbal, but she said that she could not have been more pleased and thankful for the response from the delivery man.
Lauren's original post read: "Due to his autism he isn't verbal so wasn't able to hold a conversation which you could have with most 3 year olds. The usual response to this would be a nod of the head and maybe an "oh bless him."
"However, this wonderful gentleman then started handing light items to my son who happily took them and followed me to put them down next to the rest of the shopping. Once we had all of our shopping inside, I signed for the shopping and your delivery driver got down onto his knees and asked my son to sign for our shopping too.
"He knelt down whilst my son happily drew away on the electrical pad then helped him click the 'finished' button.
She continued: "I just wanted to give this lovely man some recognition, instead of then ignoring him or being awkward about the news he had just learnt, he found an alternative way to communicate with him and that really means the world to me.
"I'm sure other parents with children who have additional needs will truly appreciate this too."
Despite not knowing the name of the delivery driver, Lauren hopes that Tesco will find out who he is and reward him for his kindness.
She said: "I'm hoping he will get the recognition from Tesco that he deserves for being such a gentleman.
"It feels absolutely amazing to see that our post has touched the hearts of so many people. The delivery driver really deserves all the praise he has received.
"It's been really lovely to read the comments and to see that other people in the same position as us have enjoyed hearing about our experience.
"It's so lovely that a simple act of kindness has brought so many people together."
It sure is.
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