Digby, now 7, is on the autism spectrum and finds it hard to deal with the sensory overload he experiences in many public spaces.
“I started to retreat from the community, which was lonely for us but also for him,” Ms Johnson said.
“It was a very difficult time for me because I’m very social.
I thought [parenting] would be much different than it turned out to be, especially in the early days.
Ms Johnson used to dream of a place where her eldest child was understood and where he felt comfortable enough to socialise and play with his younger sister Clementine.
But with no indoor play centres catering to children with autism in Melbourne she had to take things into her own hands.
Together with her brother Marcus, Ms Johnson has just opened Australia’s first indoor play centre designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum.