“There are days when I think I just cannot do it anymore. But then you have to – you are a mum.”

The honest admission by Amelie (not her real name) about trying to be a good parent to her son will resonate with other parents of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

George (not his real name) will turn six this Christmas.

“Ten is the important number now,” said Amelie, who lives in Church ward in Reading, Berkshire. “It was eight before.”

A recent Reading Borough Council report revealed the number of children diagnosed with ASD in the town rose from 68 to 186 between 2000 and 2008.

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