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(UK) Shocking story of a mom and a violent son with ASD; NHS says autism is a fact of life

Nov 14, 2018, Metro: ‘I can’t do this anymore’ says mum of autistic boy as she films violent outburst https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/14/i-cant-do-this-anymore-says-mum-of-autistic-boy-as-she-films-violent-outburst-8137463/?ito=cbshare A mother has shared a video of the aftermath of one of her son’s violent outbursts to highlight a lack of support for families affected by autism. Kate, from Suffolk, has had to spend nearly £10,000 [$13K US dollars] getting a private consultation after a long wait to get a diagnosis for son Jamie.

Jamie was just three years old when he started becoming violent. Now seven, he is prone to kicking, punching and spitting at his mother during his frequent ‘meltdowns’. He had been diagnosed with pathological demand avoidance (PDA), a rare form of autism that can lead to excessive mood swings, anxiety and, in his case, violent behaviour. … Kate, who is a single mum, told the BBC show that he has come at her ‘with knives, anything he can get his hands on.’ …

As she watched the footage back, Kate said: ‘Part of me can’t believe that that’s my child in some ways, because we have some really good times but when I see that […] it’s quite traumatic really. ‘Something as simple as asking him to pick up a piece of paper off the floor can lead to half-an-hour-plus meltdown.’ NHS figures show there are 700,000 people in the UK with autism. GPs are usually the first point of contact when it comes to recognising the condition. However a recent report by the Royal College of GPs found that doctors in some rural areas have to apply for extra funding to diagnose autism patients. …