Mom Thanks Metro Police Officer who Helped her Autistic Son

For 2 years I picked up my son from his Autism Program five days a week.

While I waited for him, I sat in the parking lot and watched the metro trains drive by.

My son loves trains.

And every day I would watch a young mom, with a baby strapped to her chest, try to get her young, autistic son out of the building and to the train.

I’d watch her hold onto him on the platform. I watched him drop to the ground and roll.

I watched her panic. I could see it all over her face.

And for 2 years, 5 days a week, I said a silent thank you that I didn’t have to bring my son, who loves trains, on a train to get home.

I know he couldn’t do it safely. And the thought of being trapped on a train with him and passengers, where the norm is to sit and be quiet, made me almost ill.

I think about that young mother often and wonder if she is still riding the train with her much older autistic son now.

Today, I came across this viral story about the kindness of a police officer.

Taylor Pomilla knows first-hand the challenges of raising a young autistic boy.

“For those of you that don’t know, when you have a child with autism, your child will have some good days and then they will have some bad ones,” Pomilla wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “Today was one of those bad days.”

Pomilla and her son, Andrew, were taking the metro ride home after she picked him up from school. It’s about a 45-minute ride depending on delays.

“As long I keep him occupied with his iPad or my phone he will sit patiently in our seat. Of course I do always have fruit snacks or candy handy, in case he starts trying to get up or move,” Pomilla wrote.

Andrew was having a particularly bad day, according to Pomilla.

“Andrew was persistent on wanting to get out of the seat to stand in the middle of train while moving and running back and forth through it,” she said. “I kept trying everything to get him to sit, but he just wouldn’t (this fight went on for 20 min), that is when he his regular toddler tantrum turned into a meltdown, or what I call, the point of no return for him.”

The metro ride home took a turn for the worst.

“He started rolling on the floor, screaming, his shoe fell off and he flung it across the train,” Pomilla wrote. “Then he starts the kicking, hitting, pulling my hair while everyone in rush hour stares on the train, most thinking I was a bad parent who had an out of control child, even though really he can’t help it.”

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External Resources

International Bipolar Disorder Foundation

Mayo Clinic

Genetics Home Reference – NIH

Support program: Autism Sibling Support Initiative

Support program: Sibling Support Project

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Maryland Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Administration for Community Living

Pathfinders for Autism

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