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Mums at the school gates tell me how my daughter 'doesn't look autistic'. I'm Gemma and my beautiful daughter, Chloe, is autistic with sensory sensitivities. She’s very sociable and kind, but finds it difficult to make friends.

One of the many ways her autism portrays itself is that Chloe doesn't feel pain like most people do. She has been known to self-harm when she is feeling anxious - tearing at her ears and pulling at her hair. She doesn't react to the pain she should feel.

Chloe was my first child so I didn't know what to expect. It was only when I came across The National Autistic Society website that I realised Chloe could be autistic. Reading all the information on the website before her actual diagnosis really helped me feel prepared for the outcome of the assessments.

The National Autistic Society supports so many people desperate for help - just like us. They offer many services - one of these, the Autism Helpline, is an absolute salvation for parents and autistic people who feel they have nowhere else to turn to.

Please give today to help The National Autistic Society be there for more families like us.

Thank you.


Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 16/10/2017 10:26:28