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Autistic teenager is attacked on family holiday

A mother from Surrey has started an online campaign to find out who attacked her autistic son on a family holiday.

Thomas Attwater, who's 18, suffered multiple cuts and bruises to his face when he was punched at a holiday camp on the South Coast.

Police now want to speak to two teenage girls from the Reading area who may have witnessed the attack. Ria Chatterjee has our report.


New research to help autistic children communicate

Video. Imagine your child not ever being able to really talk to you. That is what the families of those with autism often face. But now new research from the University of Kent could be able to change that for the better.

Pioneering work carried out at several special schools across the country resulted in significant improvements in the way autistic children responded to the world around them.

One third of pupils showed improvements in the way they communicated with others.

Many more saw a reduction in autistic symptoms. Researchers will officially release the findings soon but Christine Alsford has this exclusive report.

She spoke to Gillian Burns, Kieran's mother, Professor Nicola Shaughnessy from Imagining Autism Project and Lisa Richardson from the University of Kent.