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Woman Helps Calm An Autistic Boy Having A Meltdown On A Flight

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Flying can be a stressful experience. From checking your bags to go through security and finally take off and landing, it can really wear on you physically, mentally and emotionally. While many people enjoy flying, travelling and exploring new places, there are plenty of us that hate the whole experience.

For a young autistic boy, his flight was anything but smooth.

Rochel Groner was on a flight from Brussels to New York City on July 14 with her husband when she head the boy start wailing.

“He was crying and just started to shriek. It was clear to me that just from listening, [that] this was a child who didn’t have a use of a vocabulary. He was trying to communicate something,” the 33 year-old woman told

After a few minutes of hearing the boy's cries on the plane, passengers started to get annoyed with the disturbance on the international flight.

“People are frustrated. People are waking up. It was a day flight, which is always a little harder,” Groner said. “The phones [on the plane] just started to ring so I’m getting thoughts in my mind we’re going to have an emergency landing. You can see people kind of craning their necks and trying to figure out what’s going on and all I’m thinking about is this poor mom; she’s probably mortified as it is.”

After 15 minutes Rochel could not sit still any longer. That's when she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Continue to the next page to see what she did.

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