The cage

A 38-year-old mother of four is appealing for help for her 15-year-old son who is suffering from Autism.

Helen Carbon says she is “frustrated and don’t know where again to turn to” as she seeks help for her son Carvell Edwards who, one week ago, she had to  place in a cage.

“I have gone to everyone, Dr. Benjamin, (Health Minister) Julius Timothy, social welfare and all and no one seems to be able to give me peace of mind,” she said.

“The boy had to be housed in the cage because he damages and destroys everything in his way and is very disruptive in the neighborhood,” Carbon said almost in tears.

She explained that her son has had that illness from age three and now she does not know where to turn.

“Sometimes he is violent and the medication is not working, it’s left to me and my grandfather to pay for his medication…… we are helpless and frustrated and do not know where to turn and what to do so we now have to house him in a prison cage,” she stated.

The child peering through the cage

The disease he suffers from is also called “Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)”.

Autism is a disorder that is usually first diagnosed in early childhood.

The main signs and symptoms of autism involve communication, social interactions and repetitive behaviors.

Research shows that the disease “Autism” remains a challenging condition for children and their families, but the outlook today is much better than it was a generation ago when most people with autism were placed in institutions.

Edwards is hoping that the authorities in Dominica will find some way to relieve her plight.