This is a “must-have” tool for parents, teachers or anyone who can benefit from a reminder of the difficulties faced by those with autism.
I don’t get up in the morning and decide to have a bad day.
I have a social disability, so I might tell you I understand, even when I don’t, because then you will leave me alone.
I might tell you what I think you want to hear because I don’t want to get yelled at again.
I get so frustrated that nothing ever goes the way I want it to go.
I might not be able to get past a question until I get an answer.
I don’t usually have the ability to project the outcomes of my actions.
Some days I just can’t deal with everything.
I don’t generalize concepts very well. Every situation feels new.
Sometimes I get so confused.
I feel all the same stuff as other kids.
Doing things because they are the “right” thing to do doesn’t make sense to me, I need a reason that makes sense to me.
I don’t understand social language, body language, or pragmatic language. I miss social cues that everyone else can see.
I don’t read your mind. If you want me to know something you have to tell me explicitly.
I can’t really think when I am overwhelmed, and it is better to help me regulate and not talk to me until I am ready.
I don’t know how to get other kids to play with me.
I don’t understand the influence of context on a situation.
I feel anger more than I feel any other feelings.
I may need more time to think about what you are saying and change my mind – sometimes I just get stuck.
I see the world in black and white.
The problems I am having are not my fault, I am trying as hard as I can.
My problems are not an indicator that I have a bad character, they are part of my autism.