SAN ANTONIO, TX (CNN) – It’s a situation where both sides felt they were doing the right thing, on one side the mother of a little boy with autism, the other the employees who say they were just trying to protect their animals.

Ramona Vedia says her five year old son Jr. is very affectionate.  He’s wearing a polo shirt while he watches cartoons, but yesterday his shirt read: “I have autism, what’s your super power.”  “After this experience I don’t want people to judge him because of the shirt,” said Vedia.

That’s what she says happened at the san Antonio aquarium, this is video taken after she says an aquarium employee told her son he couldn’t go into the aviary because he was quote “dangerous”.

“The child was not calm enough to go into an aviary where we have very small birds that can be easily hurt,” said employee Alui Cleaver.

The aquarium is backing up their employee and says preventing him from going inside had nothing to do with his disorder, that he was seen shaking part of the exhibit.  “He knew they were talking about him that they were making fun of him that they didn’t want him there and it hurt me,” Vedia said.

Upset by the situation the family decided to leave.  Autism experts say the type of behavior displayed by children like Jr.  For example, hitting or clapping, can be misunderstood.

Bernice De La Cruz of Autism Community Network said, “They see it as aggression or a tantrum and they see it as acting out.”

When in fact those like Jr. who are non-verbal are trying to communicate, “It’s that they don’t know how to get your attention it might be inappropriate like hitting you,” De La Cruz said.  If there is a solution to all this, the aquarium says it’s to plan ahead, that they are more than willing to accommodate family’s with autism by opening or closing early for them.

Regardless of who was right or who was wrong, the family says they’ll think twice before making another trip out here.