The treasurer of Special Needs Active Parents in Monaghan says there is now more patience for children with additional needs in public.
Pamela Kenny, also the parent of Sean who has autism, says the world becoming quieter had some positives for his development socially.
While before the busy shops and cramped queues would have made him anxious and there was a risk he would get distracted and run off, Covid meant things were calmer and people were more patient.
She feels this is something that will continue going forward and will make these social settings more accessible for those with additional needs.
Speaking to Shannonside Northern sound Pamela spoke about the progress Sean made during the pandemic: