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The impact of tuberous sclerosis complex – a parent’s perspective

Helen Willacy (Tuberous Sclerosis Complex New Zealand, Katikati, New Zealand)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 4 April 2016




The purpose of this paper is to describe the impact of having a child with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).


The author explains the process her family has been through on their TSC journey.


Several themes emerge from the author’s story: a lack of awareness about relatively common conditions such as epilepsy; a dearth of accessible information provided to families; delays in identification/assessment and a lack of follow up on parents’ concerns; the wide range in the quality of advice provided from one professional/service to another; the extent to which parents have to advocate for their children and the importance of social support.


Few journal articles explore the impact of complex health conditions on families from their perspective and in their own words. This thought provoking viewpoint piece provides a powerful insight into the reality of having a child with TSC.



Willacy, H. (2016), "The impact of tuberous sclerosis complex – a parent’s perspective", Advances in Autism, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 70-75.



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