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It appears from the recent story of Sammi Ovington and her daughter Skye, that we now live in a society where it is the 'norm' to judge and criticize others without ever considering the relevant factors. Three year old Skye suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pica and Hypermobility Disorder. Each of these conditions present their own difficulties but the three together must make daily life a real struggle, not just for Skye but also for her family. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 100 children in the UK and typical symptoms include difficulty in communication, development and social interaction. Symptoms vary for each sufferer and can range from mild to severe. For this reason, the child (or adult) finds it distressing to be in busy, loud environments and generally prefer to stick to a routine that they are comfortable with.
Pica Disorder is a condition where the sufferer has the urge to eat non-food items. Often it will be one particular thing that the person wants to eat. A bit like the old stories of pregnant women eating coal, except that is usually only a temporary urge whereas sufferers of Pica have the condition long term. In Skye's case, she has the uncontrollable urge to eat paper. This may not sound too serious but there are many medical problems associated with Pica, such as bowel or intestinal blockages, not to mention infections picked up from the item eaten. Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition where joints move beyond what is considered the normal range. This can lead to pain and swelling in the muscles and joints, which becomes more severe with activity. It often affects calf and thigh muscles. Ms Ovington took her daughter on a shopping trip in Walton on Thames, Surrey and Skye became distressed and reportedly cried for two hours, covering her ears and shaking.
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