A mum has blasted shoppers who stopped and stared at her autistic son while he had a meltdown outside Asda in Ellesmere Port.
Jade Basnett explained that her six-year-old son Reece can have up to six meltdowns a day, which can last up to 40 minutes each.
But when he had one during a shopping trip, she said people gawped at him 'like he was a monkey in a zoo'.
The mum-of-three, from Ellesmere Port, vented her anger on Facebook group Pride in the Port, our sister paper The Liverpool Echo reports.
She wrote: “I hope all of you coming in and out of Asda today had a good look watching my six-year-old autistic son having a melt down outside Asda.
“I had to hold him down to stop him hurting people around him but more so himself as he was banging his head off the floor!
“Next time before you think ‘oh I’m gonna stand here and watch’ think about the consequences that can have for the child, it was like you was all gawping at a monkey in the zoo!
“He has no control of it, and by you all standing staring it makes his anxiety shoot through the roof and harder for him to come out of his melt down!
“You are the people that make it hard for him to go out and be able to do normal things like go to Asda.”
Jade said she feels as though autism is not taken recognised as a mental illness and said it 'makes her angry and upset at how uneducated grown adults are' when they stand and stare.
In a bid to raise awareness she has given some advice to people on what they should do if they encounter a child or adult having a mental health episode.
The 24-year-old added: “If people don’t understand what is going on just walk on and carry on with their day.
“If they feel like they could offer any support, even if it was just keeping the child covered for people not to stare or telling people to walk on that would be great.
“My son could of seriously injured himself with the way he was head butting the floor and people just stood there.
“It makes parents like me feel like they are looking down on us making us feel we’re not doing a good enough job.”
The single mum also added: “It’s my job to protect my children, so if that means making awareness of autism and special needs then so be it, that’s what I will do.”