INTERVIEW ABOUT AUTISM WITH ILLONA AND PETER METCALFE
I understand that you have brought up an autistic child – can you tell me a bit about autism?
(Illona) Autism is a condition where a person has deficits in communication, imagination and social issues – they lack interaction with other people. If people have two or more of these deficits, they are categorised as being autistic. Our son Aiden has deficits in all three areas so he’s unable to imagine himself in someone else’s position – but having said this, when he was a young child he had periods where he thought he was Peter Pan and he actually fell off of a banister and hurt his head.
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