Tralee woman appeals for more respite and suitable housing to help autistic son

A Tralee woman is appealing for regular respite care and more suitable housing to ensure the safety of her son, who has autism.

Selina Switzer’s seven-year-old son Noah has autism, ADHD and an intellectual disability; his challenging behaviours have escalated in recent months, putting him at risk.

Noah, who has no sense of danger has escaped from the house, eaten cupboard doors, wires, and plastic bags and he has dismantled the central heating system.

Selina says the situation has impacted on her own mental health and the lives of her other children.

She is calling for consistent respite, home help and a more appropriate single-storey house including a separate bedroom for Noah: