Caring staff helping with Rhoan’s autism

Rhoan Langlands-Scottwith his parents Judith and Wayne and  staff member Angela Lockhart.

Rhoan Langlands-Scottwith his parents Judith and Wayne and staff member Angela Lockhart.

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A Forfar couple have publicly thanked the staff and owners of a Forfar coffee shop for the care they have shown towards their autistic son.

Judith Langlands-Scott and her partner, Wayne, wrote to Rohan and Sharmi Nandadadasa, owners of Tiffins coffee shop in West High Street, to express their grateful appreciation for the kindness and patience they have shown towards their two-year son, Rhoan.

The credit must go to all the staff, including the chef Rohan Nandadasa

Their care has helped the youngster with his social skills and has helped build up his confidence.

Judith said: “Life can be scary and confusing for Rhoan at times, especially in crowded or noisy places, which makes it very difficult for us to take him out.

“He also has complicated dietary issues but he enjoys eating food when he’s in Tiffins.

“Life is difficult for us at times and sometimes, when Rhoan’s having a bad day, we feel completely out of our depths; but the acts of kindness by those at Tiffins makes life much easier to cope with.

“The atmosphere they create ensures we can expose Rhoan to noise, smells and new people and all of this will help him to gain confidence and develop.”

Judith explained Rhoan has low muscle tone which means he falls over all the time.

He is unable to attend a toddler group as they are normally held in halls with wooden flooring and the acoustics affect his balance.

She continued: “Other kids can also be loud so it is a torturous environment for him.

“Rhoan is getting lots of help from medical specialists but the owners and staff at Tiffins have really gone above and beyond to make Rhoan’s life that bit happier.

“At a time when small, local shops are closing with saddening frequency, I thought it might be nice to highlight a local business that really goes out of its way to look after its customers, and to get things right.”

An extremely modest Rohan of Tiffins said he was surprised to receive the letter from the couple.

He said: “The credit must go to all the staff, including the chef. It is nice to know they appreciate what we are doing but it’s not very often you get told. It was totally unexpected. We were all surprised as we are just doing what we normally do.

“We do get excited when we see the difference with Rhoan. We do notice it.”