**Updated** Nova Scotia mother of boy with severe autism shares details of plight at home

**Updated at 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018**

A Nova Scotia mother struggling to care for her severely autistic son says she will push the prime minister to develop a national strategy to deal with the disorder.

Carly Sutherland says her nine-year-old son, Callum, suffers from violently aggressive fits, preventing her from even hugging the young boy.

She outlined the details of her family's struggles yesterday in a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil.

And, she says she plans on attending a town hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tonight in the Halifax area to push for a national autism plan.

Sutherland is using her story to prod governments to do more for families like hers.

The letter says Callum attacks anyone who comes near him.

She says her hands and arms are shredded from scratches and bites, and that her son punched her in the nose recently.

Sutherland says the supports aren't in place to help her son.