Mom of Autistic Boy Threatened with Children’s Services

‘STOP THAT KID YELLING’ Mum of autistic boy, 7, finds furious note from neighbour threatening to report her to social services
The note read: “We all getting sick of the yelling and also ring your landlord.”
By Gerard du Cann
2nd January 2019, 11:31 pm
Updated: 2nd January 2019, 11:44 pm

THE mother of an autistic boy woke up in the New Year to find a furious note from her neighbour threatening to report her to social services if her son didn’t stop yelling.

Solo mum-of-three Ana Gray, 28, found the note in the letter box of her home in Napier, New Zealand.

Ana Gray with Wiremu, 7, who has been diagnosed with autism and yells as a safe outlet

The note read: “If you don’t stop that kid yelling I will ring child support and report you. We all getting sick of the yelling and also ring your landlord.”

The New Zealand Herald reported that the child, seven-year-old Wiremu, was diagnosed with autism and Global Development Delay (GDD) five years before.

Yelling and screaming is one of the ways Wiremu is able to deal with his disorder, and is a safe means of outlet his emotions.

Gray told the Herald that she knows the yelling gets on people’s nerves, but said the note had caused extra stress.

The note was not signedANA GRAY
The note was not signed
She said: “I would have preferred being spoken to face to face so I can explain our situation.

“It is very hard for me doing this on my own.”

This complaint was the first she has received in the eight months since she moved into the flat.

Because the note wasn’t signed, she has no way of knowing who sent it.

On a Facebook post, Gray apologised to her neighbours for her “disruptive” son.

She wrote: “We’re only trying to live life as each day goes by in the hopes that things will only get better for us.”

Help may be on the way, with Wiremu waiting to see a paediatrician.

Currently Gray resorts to distracting the child with her phone, which has his favourite game – Minecraft – on it.

She said: “I love my son to pieces. He may not be perfect to others but he is perfect to me.”

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