Autism ad­vis­ers hold meet­ing

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Con­dell said. It was the lit­tle things that were of­ten hard­est though, she said, such as the fact Lilly could not go on hol­i­day with them be­cause it un­set­tled her.

Also Lilly has to miss most birth­day par­ties be­cause she may cause prob­lems. ‘‘You live in con­stant fear. ‘‘You are con­stantly look­ing for where she is, in case she has wan­dered off be­cause she is of­ten caught up in her own world.’’

Lilly has a spe­cially trained dog, Lexie, who is there to not only be a friend to her but to pro­tect her, com­fort her and play with her.

If you want to find out more about autism, the meet­ing will be held at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre in the Tainui Room, from 9.30am to 11am.

For more in­for­ma­tion email

Happy fam­ily: From left, Chloe Lowe, 7, with Lexie the dog, Lilly, 6, and mother, Karen Con­dell. Lilly suffers from autism but has her fam­ily’s sup­port all the way.

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