It's not everyday that you read or experience something that instantly gives a voice to a child struggling with Autism. Today, I was given the "ten things every child with Autism wishes you knew".
I hope these words are as powerful for you as they were for the Burke Therapy team.
1) I am first and foremost a child. I have Autism. I am not primarily " autistic".
2) My sensory perceptions are disordered.
3) Please remember to distinguish between won't (choose not to) and can't (I am not able to).
4) I am a concrete thinker. This means I interpret language very literally.
5) Please be patient with my limited vocabulary.
6) Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented.
7) Please focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can't do.
8) Help me with social interactions.
9) Try to identify with triggers my meltdowns.
10) If you are a family member, please love me unconditionally.
If we work together to view Autism as a different ability rather than disability, we just might be surprised by the unique set of gifts Autism gives to so many children.