Search

Collier Row mum trying to raise awareness of autism

18:00 28 January 2013

Samuel Raymer with his mum Yasmin and his new jacket

Samuel Raymer with his mum Yasmin and his new jacket

Archant

The mother of an autistic child has created a special jacket for her son with the words “autistic” written on the back.

Yasmin Raymer from Hulse Avenue, Collier Row is trying to raise awareness of her six-year-old son, Samuel’s condition.

She said: “I just want to put it out to people that he is autistic.

“There is not a lot known about autism and there is still a lack of understanding from many people.”

The mother of four, came up with the idea last October after Samuel went missing in a sea life centre during a family holiday in Great Yarmouth.

Luckily Yasmin says that Samuel was found after a short time after the doors of the centre were shut so that he couldn’t get out.

But she says that she was inspired to create the fluorescent jacket so that if Samuel went missing again people would be aware of his condition.

The jacket also contains a contact number.

She said: “Autistic children can’t communicate in the same way as other children so if he goes missing you won’t be able to stop him and ask him where his parents are.

“He does tend to wonder off sometimes and he has got no road sense.”

Samuel was diagnosed with autism when he was just three-years-old.

But Yasmin says that she was aware that something was wrong with Samuel from six months, when he stopped developing at the same rate as his twin sister.

She said: “It was like someone turned off a light bulb, he would bang his head against a wall, scream constantly and we did our research on it and we could just tick off all of his symptoms.”

Yasmin says that people are still unaware of the condition and many believe that Samuel is misbehaving and she is to blame.

Last Friday, she says that she was accused of labelling him by a driver who saw the jacket and then pulled over.

She said: “I am not labelling him, his safety is the most important thing to me.

“Many people still think that he is an unruly child and look at me like I am an unfit parent.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Level 42 fan Julian Hall with some of his memorabilia collection

When Julian Hall spotted an advertisement for at-the-time unknown band Level 42 in the Ilford Recorder in 1981, he decided to go to the gig on a whim.

A TfL Rail train. Picture: Hammersfan/Wikimedia Commons

TfL Rail trains from Shenfield to Ilford over the Bank Holiday weekend will be replaced by buses due to engineering works.

Yesterday, 20:23
Drapers' Academy hosted a debate on the EU so its students can be informed ahead of the referendum

Harold Hill students got the chance to grill the borough’s politicians in a fiery and passionate debate today about the EU referendum.

Yesterday, 17:32
Members of the Havering Quilters made dresses for girls in third world countries out of pillowcases. Photo: Susan Persaud

Members of a sewing club have turned pillowcases into pretty decorated dresses for young girls living in third world countries.

Yesterday, 12:11
Darren Disley, CEO of Horizon Discovery.

After growing up on an estate and leaving school early, a CEO of a multi-million pound company now wants to reach out to young people in Havering.

Yesterday, 12:00
Voters will take to the polls to choose the next London mayor and their GLA representatives on May 5

As the countdown begins to Thursday’s elections, we profile Havering and Redbridge’s five local GLA candidates vying to win. Here is what you need to know about your local candidates.

Yesterday, 11:09
A person was hit by a train this morning at Romford station

Trains have been suspended between Romford and Ilford after a person was hit by a train at Romford station this morning.

Yesterday, 10:11
Firefighters attended the fire in Crow Road

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a travellers site in the early hours of this morning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe