Young autistic boy has breakthrough when meeting Snow White at Disney World

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The mother of 2-year-old Jackson Coley cried tears of joy when her son, who is diagnosed with nonverbal autism, transformed after he met Snow White at Disney World.

The little boy, who usually doesn't interact with strangers and generally has no interest in other people, including his grandparents, put his head in Snow White's lap and smiled at her, which his mother Amanda revealed was unheard of before he met the Princess.

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She told Today.com: "To our surprise, he didn't get up and leave. He just suddenly melted and was perfectly content. It still brings tears to my eyes because I remember how special the moment was, since he doesn't do those things with other people.

"I saw affection and I saw just happiness and that look that he was so at ease, that he wasn't nervous or scared. He didn't have any fears toward her at all. He's not ever like that."

The video, which Jackon's mum shared on her YouTube and Facebook page, Disney Adventures & Autism, has now amassed nearly 2 million views, which Amanda revealed she hopes will encourage other parents of children with autism. She said: "Take them places and try things.

"We had no idea how Jack Jack would react to Snow White the way he did. You truly never know what's going to touch them and bring a reaction out of them that you're not used to seeing."

She continued to reveal how the interaction gave her hope for her son, saying: "It was almost that little breakthrough that he won't always be so scared of other people. That he will sit there and let somebody else love on him."

The toddler adores the video, and watches it repeatedly, telling his mother he wants 'more' in sign language while touching the screen. Amanda said that she believes she thinks he may watch the video as: "a sense of security".

She continued: "He's just very at ease and happy. It calms him and makes him really happy."

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