Little Lever mum's battle to get fair treatment for son with Asperger syndrome

Little Lever mum's battle to get fair treatment for son with Asperger syndrome

Jake Brownson, with his dad Gareth, mum Deborah and brother Joshua

The book cover: He's Not Naughty

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news feature writer

THE mother of a young son with Asperger syndrome has hit out at people who criticise his behaviour, saying — “he’s not naughty”.

Deborah Brownson, originally from Newbury Road, Little Lever, spent months battling to get her eight-year-old son Jake fairly treated by teachers, saying that regular school for him was like “pushing a square peg through a round hole”.

He is often called naughty and spoilt due to his behaviour, and Mrs Brownson — who has quit her job as a solicitor to look after him full-time — has been accused of being an unfit mother.

Jake’s situation is heightened because he also has a sensory processing disorder, meaning his senses are heightened and simply combing his hair can lead to a “meltdown”.

He also has a sleep disorder, which leaves him full of energy after just two hours’ sleep.

The mother-of-two, who moved to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, with her husband Gareth, Jake, and elder son Joshua, aged 12, six years ago, has decided to use her experience to help others by writing a book about the autism spectrum disorder.

Mrs Brownson said: “I just thought I was a bad mum because everything from smells to noise can make him have a meltdown.

“When you’re dealing with a child who doesn’t speak it’s hard to know what’s wrong.

“He went into school when he was four, but he just couldn’t cope with the noisy environment and the teachers thought he was a pain. He was constantly told he was naughty and I was called in all the time.

“I decided to quit work and have him at home with me for five months. I was amazed at how much better he was.

“Once he was settled we were able to find him a school. He’s really settled since starting there.”

Mrs Brownson says she hopes her book will make others think twice before judging a child’s behaviour.

He’s Not Naughty, A Children’s Guide to Autism, will be available as an e-book in mid-August.

Autism is a lifelong develop-mental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition affects them in different ways. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.

For more information contact The National Autistic Society on 0207 8332299 or email nas@nas.org.uk

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12:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Tim Burr says...

The problem here is people don't understand Autism therefore don't know how to spot the signs and consequently come to the wrong conclusions with sometimes disastrous results.
The problem here is people don't understand Autism therefore don't know how to spot the signs and consequently come to the wrong conclusions with sometimes disastrous results. Tim Burr
  • Score: 8

1:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SleepingThunder says...

My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@
My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@ SleepingThunder
  • Score: -12

3:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

SleepingThunder wrote:
My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@
Sounds like the sort of bloke that would slap a blind kid for tripping over the dog.
[quote][p][bold]SleepingThunder[/bold] wrote: My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@[/p][/quote]Sounds like the sort of bloke that would slap a blind kid for tripping over the dog. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 6

4:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SleepingThunder says...

No he was not that bad Mark C & I have got a book deal out of it called the Carrot or the Stick a parents guide.
No he was not that bad Mark C & I have got a book deal out of it called the Carrot or the Stick a parents guide. SleepingThunder
  • Score: -7

5:00pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

The thing is Mr Thunder, Autism is real and you can not beat it out of a child, granted there are plenty kids that are just naughty and need a clip around the ear.
The thing is Mr Thunder, Autism is real and you can not beat it out of a child, granted there are plenty kids that are just naughty and need a clip around the ear. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 5

7:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SleepingThunder says...

Don't be thinking I am a bad person my ignorance is the product of my upbringing , while on the subject do you think the cause is nature or nurture.
Don't be thinking I am a bad person my ignorance is the product of my upbringing , while on the subject do you think the cause is nature or nurture. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Awareness
It has been proven using brain scans that Autistic people are wired different, and that is a far cry from a spoiled brat.
Awareness It has been proven using brain scans that Autistic people are wired different, and that is a far cry from a spoiled brat. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

11:00pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The Running Man says...

Every time a kid starts being naughty someone somewhere comes up with yet another syndrome that seems to condone bad and/or anti-social behaviour. Seen it many times when someones child has a tantrum and everyone else's kids have to let them have their own way because they have ADHD or Asperger's or some other condition why they can't behave. I'm with Thunder on this one!
Every time a kid starts being naughty someone somewhere comes up with yet another syndrome that seems to condone bad and/or anti-social behaviour. Seen it many times when someones child has a tantrum and everyone else's kids have to let them have their own way because they have ADHD or Asperger's or some other condition why they can't behave. I'm with Thunder on this one! The Running Man
  • Score: -3

11:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Queen Victoria is no longer on the throne or do some people still live in the dark ages ?
You do get parents that make excuses for naughty kids but Autism is real and not an excuse, people like you make me sick with your Dickensian stupidity.
Queen Victoria is no longer on the throne or do some people still live in the dark ages ? You do get parents that make excuses for naughty kids but Autism is real and not an excuse, people like you make me sick with your Dickensian stupidity. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

5:27am Fri 1 Aug 14

Percy Thrower says...

SleepingThunder wrote:
My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@
Your father is a thug he should be held accountable for not bringing you up correctly and also should be arrested for child abuse, "a clip round the ear hole" as you so freely state has caused hearing problems, brain damage and other irreversible damage in so many children, this sort of moronic behaviour is now a criminal offence to do to any child. Would you do it to an adult bigger than yourself who wasn't doing what you asked him to do? Thank God children now have nearly the same rights as adults against violence and abuse from so called loved ones.
[quote][p][bold]SleepingThunder[/bold] wrote: My dad spotted the signs early & nipped it in the bud with a slap round ear hole :@[/p][/quote]Your father is a thug he should be held accountable for not bringing you up correctly and also should be arrested for child abuse, "a clip round the ear hole" as you so freely state has caused hearing problems, brain damage and other irreversible damage in so many children, this sort of moronic behaviour is now a criminal offence to do to any child. Would you do it to an adult bigger than yourself who wasn't doing what you asked him to do? Thank God children now have nearly the same rights as adults against violence and abuse from so called loved ones. Percy Thrower
  • Score: 1

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