Plymouth mums share their stories of having autistic children

"I’ve been called a bad mum," says Michelle.

"People look at Ellie and question why she acts ‘strange’."

Michelle's daughter Ellie had been showing signs of autism since birth. But it took until she was ten years old to get a correct diagnosis.

Michelle and other mums have told of the challenges of bringing up an autistic child, the difficulties of being directed to the right help, the "relief" of the diagnosis and the network of support that is out there.

“It can be a very lonely isolated road,” said one mum, describing her experience with learning about her child’s lifelong condition.

These are those mums' stories - and advice.

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5th November 2017
Plymouth Herald