Police Officers Made A DIY 'Blue's Clues' Shirt For Her Son With Autism, Making Them A Hero In Her Eyes

" ... I couldn't pass up the opportunity to show my appreciation for the empathy these officers had for my son."

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be experienced in a number of ways. For some, social situations may be very difficult, while others may experience sensory sensitivity. Some experience both, plus a variety of other symptoms. These feelings can be overwhelming and upsetting, especially for those who are younger and/or non-verbal, causing some people with ASD to act out aggressively. 

Mom Sherry Lynn Hillard recently wrote about her teenage son John, who has autism. John can sometimes get violent, and over the past week, she has had six police officers at her home when her son's "meltdowns have turned to rage." His most recent meltdown occurred because he wanted to dress like Joe from Blue's Clues, but she couldn't find a similar shirt for him.

In a Facebook post written July 11, Hillard explained that during a recent visit, the officers on duty showed empathy for her son, and went above and beyond to try to help him. 

Though the officers did not know much about autism, they asked a lot of questions to ensure they didn't do anything that might upset John further. With the help of his mom, the cops learned more about him, and non-threatening methods that might help calm him down, and keep the family safe. 

After they calmed John down, the officers even bought a blue shirt and fabric markers to customize their own DIY version of Joe's "Blue's Clues" shirt.

John's mother shared a photo of the officers working on the customized top on the hood of their car.

Unfortunately, the shirt didn't work out for John, but Hillard still appreciated the kind gesture. "The fact that they were willing to do this for my son made them hero's in my eyes," she said. 

And John did get his "Blue's Clues" shirt in the end.

Hillard reported that after the story about the police officers went viral, Cutting Edge Designs, a screen printing and embroidery company, made John a proper Blue's Clues top. 

(H/T: Popsugar)

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