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It's more than just a Christmas card #happyxmasfred

This time last year nine year old Fred had to watch as his classmates tore up the Christmas cards he sent them. They didn't understand his autism, and their school didn't support them to understand him. This year we're wishing #everychild with autism a Merry Christmas.

For most children Christmas time at school is a time of giddy excitement, sharing and showing appreciation for your friends. But for 66% of children with autism it is the end of a year of bullying.

This time last year nine year old Fred had to watch as his classmates tore up the Christmas cards he sent them. They didn't understand his autism, and their school didn't support them to understand him. As a result Fred's Christmas wasn't about giving and sharing but about humiliation, shame and loneliness.

No child should have to experience this. Yet stress and anxiety at school is not uncommon. 80% of children with autism find just being at school so stressful it causes them anxiety. 

Fred's experience at school affected his whole family's Christmas, he lost sleep, his mum lost weight through stress, and Fred is still scared to go to school.

If you think children like Fred deserve better this Christmas, join us in wishing #everychild a happy Christmas and asking for every school and every teacher to be given the support and training they need to make this happen.

Together we can make a difference. We're going to send Fred Christmas cards to ensure this year is happier than last. Share one on social media using #happyxmasfred, or post one to Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Woodside Avenue, London N10 3JA.

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