‘It upsets me that people think autistic children are not affectionate – my three boys are the most loving young men’

A mum of three autistic children explains why the public needs to be educated about a disability which affects 1.5pc of school-going kids

Gillian Duggan (second left) with her children (from left) Flynn, Sully Logan, Ellie and husband Rob

Arlene Harris

Being a parent and running your own business are impressive feats in their own right, so doing both simultaneously can be a challenge, particularly if one of your children has extra needs.