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Reading boy says playing flyball helps with his anxiety

Mitchell has autism and experiences social anxiety, but says playing sport with his dog helps him.

The 12-year-old from Reading in Berkshire has become part of a flyball team called the 'Flea Jumperz' and is using the dog sport to help him overcome his feelings of anxiety.

In flyball teams of four dogs race to get a ball and bring it back over a series of hurdles.

Mitchell says he wants people to see autism as 'something good'.

See more on Inside Out South on BBC One in the south of England on Monday 24 February at 19:30 GMT and on BBC iPlayer here.