I Have Autism.
Even though I look like the others, please remember these things about me:
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.
The I Have Autism Bookmark
The I Have Autism bookmark was created to help the reader recognize the many ways that an individual with ASD is impacted by their autism. Each phrase on the bookmark is written from the perspective of the individual on the spectrum, and serves as a reminder that the issues that are part and parcel of autism are not the result of lack of willingness, lack of caring, or lack of character. 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.
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