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Mum sets up support group to help autistic youngsters

June Grindley retrained as a autism practitioner. Her son Andrew has autism.
Photo by Emma Mitchell
7/10/13

June Grindley retrained as a autism practitioner. Her son Andrew has autism. Photo by Emma Mitchell 7/10/13

A mother with a 12-year-old autistic son is planning to set up her own not-for-profit business to help people understand the condition.

June Grindley’s background is in business but since her son Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome - a condition on the autistic spectrum - when he was four, she has devoted her time to understanding the disorder.

The 45-year-old, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, has spent the last five years studying for an MSc in autism at The University of Strathclyde.

June said: “I recently passed my MSc and am keen to pass on what I know. The course which I studied was in modules and it was fantastic, combining both theory with practice.”

Although June does not yet have premises for her new business she is confident of finding somewhere soon.

She added: “I plan to set up a Community Interest Company under the social enterprise initiative. It requires four directors and I will be working with individuals wanting to get a better understanding of autism.

“Every autistic child is different and parents need to find out what works best for them.

“Many autistic youngsters find it difficult to cope with change and have sensory issues, such as sensitivity to light and loud noises.”

 

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