Mum reveals what having a child with autism is really like – and says it is far more challenging than BBC’s The A Word –

The A Word, about autistic boy Joe , seven, is back on TV.

Writer Katy Brent, 36, from Hampshire, has an autistic son aged six and says the reality is far more challenging…

“I have quite a special relationship with The A Word, because it mirrors the journey I’m on with my son Seb, almost seven.

Like Joe, the boy at the centre of the drama, Seb was diagnosed two years ago and those two years have come with challenges. Lots of challenges.

For one, the meltdowns – and inevitable judgment that comes with them – is a very different ball game now.

A nearly-seven-year-old throwing himself down on the floor in a supermarket, or crawling around the floor of his school, barking, is much harder to pass off as “normal” behaviour.

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