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World Autism Awareness Day.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day and going beyond the day, week and month, I also want to focus on the importance of acceptance and inclusion.
- To accept that people can do things differently from each other and that’s ok.
- To be included within society and having equal access to universal services (including schools).
My son is autistic and for him has always had good eye contact (this baffled some professionals). I’d even say that he gives better eye contact than I do. I know that this differs with people, but for my son, he has no problems maintaining eye contact.
The age that he is now, he enjoys being social even if he doesn’t understand all the many social rules in life. Once he learns the social rules, he will stick to them and does not deviate from them. If others deviate from the rules, then he will let them know.
Sometimes my son likes playing in groups, and sometimes he prefers having people around him but doesn’t want to interact. He also has moments where he prefers being on his own. (I see nothing wrong with this). If he is happy, then I am also happy.
He still is organised and likes everything to be in its place (structure and routine). As my son is getting older, he is learning to become more self-aware of his needs.
With sensory processing, (mainly sensory seeking) my son has become sufficient at self-regulating. He gets a lot of sensory input from sports activities and proprioceptive input from ripping up cardboard.
Autistic and Creative.
My son’s creative interest is art. (yes, you can be autistic and be creative). His love of using colour, shape, pattern and texture in his artwork, gives him flexibility in the use of art material and allows him freedom of expression.
Over on Facebook, I encouraged people who are following my page to comment on a positive word that describes someone they know whose autistic followed by a colour. From the colours and words, my son and I have created an autism collage board to celebrate Autism Awareness:
My hopes for the future are that more people can see the skills and benefits of having people who interpret the world differently oppose to seeing an autistic person as an inconvenience. To the autistic people out there, don’t change who you are, keep being you.
Disclaimer: This blog is based on personal opinion and experience. Every autistic person is different from each other, so what I have typed in this post may not apply to you.
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