Mum turns writer to help families of children with autism

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The caring mum of a youngster with autism is working with families across the UK to write a book about the good things that children and adults with the condition can contribute.

It was inspired after her five-year-old son Michael was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.

Frustrated by the lack of positive information about children with the condition, Margaret (31), decided to write a book.

Margaret said: “It was really difficult time when Michael was diagnosed. When you read through the literature and there’s words such as disability and lack of social skills, it can be quite disheartening.

“I contacted the National Autistic Society and spoke to some parents on forums and they thought the book was a really good idea.”

Margaret, who lives in Kirkintilloch with her husband David and young Michael, has been meeting families from Oban, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and will be travelling to Ireland.

She hopes to publish the book in around March next year and it will be given to families of recently diagnosed children with autism for free.

If you or someone you know would like to be involved in Margaret’s project email

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