The parents and children of children with autism may have to be reassured that their meetings with the parents of children who have the disorder are not going to get into a shouting match.

The parents of four-year-old Chloe Hickey have been told they will not be allowed to bring their children to the parents-only meetings at the Sports Dental and Sports Medicine Association (SDSMA) annual meeting in London.

A parent from New York and a parent from Massachusetts were due to attend the meeting. 

The parents were told their child would not be in attendance due to their “health and safety”.

However, the meeting was cancelled in the wake of the attacks on the Manchester Arena and Westminster Bridge on Wednesday. 

“I was so worried about what was going to happen,” said the parent, who asked not to be named.

“We had to wait for the ambulance to arrive, we had to leave because of what happened.” 

“We’re in a lot of shock.

We don’t know what’s going to be going on.”

The parents say they have not been allowed to attend their daughter’s sporting meet since June 23. 

It comes after a number of parents were sent letters from the Association informing them their children were not going for a sports meeting.

“I’ve been sending letters and we haven’t been allowed in to any meeting,” said one parent, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It’s ridiculous.” 

Another parent told the BBC: “We have been asking the Association to let us come in, but they’ve said ‘no’.”

“We’ve tried to get the Association on the record saying ‘no, we’re not going’, but they just say ‘well we don’t want to talk about it’.”

“The Association doesn’t want any publicity, but we just feel like they’re not listening to us.”

The SDSMA, which represents dentists, is the parent body for the Association of Sport Dentists of England and Wales. 

But in a statement, the association said: “The SDPEA does not comment on individual cases and the Association does not provide advice on the management of autism spectrum disorder. 

We are currently working with the association to discuss the meeting issues.”

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