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(Ireland) Dublin family desperately needs help with 'uncontrollable' son with autism

Sept 28, 2023, Sunday World: “'CRISIS' | Dublin mum ‘punched 100 times a day’ pleads for help for ‘uncontrollable’ autistic son”

A Dublin mum has pleaded for help for her “uncontrollable” autistic son.

Sue McAuley, from Inchicore, described how one of her twin sons, Frankie, is effectively housebound and cannot go to school due to his disorder.

“He hasn’t been to school in a year,” Sue said. “He just can’t manage it, as he has become too aggressive for that. And it’s war zone here too, to be honest with you.

“My child doesn’t even get to go outside the door. The child does not get washed, he does not get dressed, he has no access to school.”

Sue explained that Frankie’s problems have become so “volatile” that the family needs immediate help.

Sue explained. “Only for a behavioural psychologist who comes to the house once a week, that’s the only service I have….

“I’ve even had Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) out to the house but I haven’t heard back from them since.

“I need help,” she added, “this is a crisis. I don’t know what to do, basically. I get punched and kicked 100 times a day. And the television is smashed, phones, everything is smashed….

“I’m at the end of my tether, not with him, but I’m at the end of my tether because I don’t know what else to do.”

Sue’s plight was highlighted by a friend in an Instagram post that reads in part: “This is our friend Sue and her twin boys Frankie and Bowie. She is absolutely desperate for help for Frankie.

“Unfortunately the regular routes that families take when their children need help haven’t worked so far and our friend is broken trying to help her child.

I’ve already spent thousands and thousands of euro and up to just a few months ago I was spending 300 euro a week on speech and therapy.

“But I need CAMHS to step up here and help.”

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