This story touched me completely, as a mother of an autistic child. Why is this allowed to happen? Why are so many of our young people who are on the autistic spectrum placed under the Mental Health Act, sectioned and then put into psychiatric units were the individuals looking after them have very little training with regards to autism?
I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.
Dr Tim Cadman, at Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, explained to the uninitiated that while some understand autism as a disorder, others - particularly proponents of the social model and members of the 'autistic community' - understand it less as a condition to be treated than as a 'distinct cognitive style'.