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Bristolpost.co.uk: Mum shares surprising symptoms of daughter's autism that left her depressed at 9-years-old

Bristolpost.co.uk: Mum shares surprising symptoms of daughter's autism that left her depressed at 9-years-old

When Lucy Smith’s nine-year-old daughter became depressed and anxious at school she had no idea the cause could be autism.

The 47-year-old said she had always associated the condition with repetitive behaviour and children who struggled to make eye contact or form attachments – and her daughter didn’t appear to

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Bristolpost.co.uk: School and autism facility to be created despite residents saying it'll have a 'devastating impact' on them

Bristolpost.co.uk: School and autism facility to be created despite residents saying it'll have a 'devastating impact' on them

A new primary school and specialist autism facility will be built in Bristol despite claims by residents it would have a “devastating impact” on their lives.

Merchants Academy Primary School and specialist autism school Venturers Academy are currently housed in dated and dilapidated buildings in Withywood, around 600 metres from

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic Australian boy granted wish to take part in Gromit Unleashed 2 from 9000 miles away

Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic Australian boy granted wish to take part in Gromit Unleashed 2 from 9000 miles away

When the friends and family of a nine-year-old boy from South Australia reached out to Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal for their help in making a young boy’s wish come true – the charity did not disappoint.

They approached the organisation – who work with Bristol’s Aardman Animations

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic children being let down as services struggle to meet demand, Ofsted and CQC finds

Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic children being let down as services struggle to meet demand, Ofsted and CQC finds

Autistic children in South Gloucestershire are being let down as support services struggle to keep up with high levels of demand.

Families face long waits to secure an autism diagnosis, as the people in charge of services admit they are “not where they want them to be”.

A joint inspection

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Charity which supports hundreds of families of children with special needs forced to close

Bristolpost.co.uk: Charity which supports hundreds of families of children with special needs forced to close

A charity which runs play sessions to support families across Bristol with children with disabilities and additional needs has been forced to close – after losing its base.

Incredible Kids was set up by Jennie Prewett and her husband Dominic six years ago to support young people and their families

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Parents release disturbing footage of their autistic daughter having meltdown in a desperate plea …

Bristolpost.co.uk: Parents release disturbing footage of their autistic daughter having meltdown in a desperate plea …

For little Bella Mildon these epic meltdowns are a regular occurrence.

They have left her bleeding, injured and in hospital.

But every day her parents Dave and Sam are left to manage Bella – who has non-verbal autism – on their own.

Nine-year-old Bella has the mental age of a

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Calls for report into police tasering of autistic man to be published

Bristolpost.co.uk: Calls for report into police tasering of autistic man to be published

A report into why a police officer wrongly accused an autistic man of assault before tasering him to the ground should be published, a politician claims.

Labour MP for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy is calling for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to release details of their investigation in

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Parents fury as councillors refuse 'desperately needed' new school for Bristol's autistic children to …

Bristolpost.co.uk: Parents fury as councillors refuse 'desperately needed' new school for Bristol's autistic children to …

Parents of autistic children have been left furious that councillors rejected a plan to build a desperately-needed new school – because they wanted to protect three trees instead.

The decision has left children at Bristol’s fastest-growing specialist autistic school in buildings where buckets collect rainwater from the leaking roof.

Six

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Watch Bristol children who can't normally talk sing Christmas carols to their loved ones

Bristolpost.co.uk: Watch Bristol children who can't normally talk sing Christmas carols to their loved ones

This is the moment more than 70 children who can’t speak a full sentence sing Christmas carols to their parents and loved ones.

There was not a dry eye as parents and friends packed into the school hall of the Venturers’ Academy in Withywood.

The school, which has children with

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Pregnant women could reduce risk of their child having autism by taking multivitamins, Bristol researchers suggest

Bristolpost.co.uk: Pregnant women could reduce risk of their child having autism by taking multivitamins, Bristol researchers suggest

Pregnant women could reduce the chances of their child having autism by taking multivitamins, Bristol experts have suggested.

The Bristol researchers found the chances of a child having autism were halved if the mother had taken vitamins while she was pregnant.

But academics did warn that more research was needed,

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Woman forced to give autistic son CPR as 'gross failings' at Southmead Hospital contributed to his …

Bristolpost.co.uk: Woman forced to give autistic son CPR as 'gross failings' at Southmead Hospital contributed to his …

An autistic man died after his mum was forced to perform CPR on him at Southmead Hospital as “gross failings” contributed to his death, an inquest has found.

Nicholas Jones, 27, was transferred to Southmead Hospital for surgery but fell ill and died from a cardiac arrest almost a month

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Asda launches scheme to make shopping less stressful for children with autism

Bristolpost.co.uk: Asda launches scheme to make shopping less stressful for children with autism

Supermarket Asda is trying to make shopping less stressful for children with autism, with a new scheme it has launched in 300 stores.

The Happy Little Helpers shopping lists were created by one of the retailer’s employees, whose five-year-old son has non verbal autism.

The colourful shopping lists show a

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Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic Hartcliffe boy is 'lost for words' after surpassing expectations with GCSE results

Bristolpost.co.uk: Autistic Hartcliffe boy is 'lost for words' after surpassing expectations with GCSE results

A teenager with autism from Hartcliffe can now pursue his dream college course after surpassing expectations in his GCSEs.

Oasis Academy Brislington pupil Joe Meachin has earned a place on St Brendan’s Sixth Form College’s sport BTEC course, starting next month.

Joe’s developmental disability, which affects how people communicate with

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