Today, I want to write something slightly different to what I normally write which still associates with Autism. As somebody myself who has autism, I occasionally find that autism myself can be often misunderstood and might not be something we're aware of enough. You readers may have heard of autism however, how many of you actually know a little bit about it?
Right now, I hope you readers can come away being a little more knowledgable of autism than you were before reading this. I strive to make you aware of the most common signs in everyday life...
Social Awareness is the most common sign of all. An autistic person's social awareness can sometimes be poor. It's all about interaction with others and knowing somebody's feelings. In most cases we have very little interest in interaction with others who are a similar age. This will often result in playing alone, keping yourself occupied although growing up myself, I would play on my own because it mostly involved me falling out with the other children. I wasn't good at playing with others, It was because I often didn't know how to. I would prefer to entertain myself as then I can be the boss of myself and there's nobody to fall out with. It was very rare I would enjoy going to birthday parties or celebrating special occasions because I would often get bored easily. Social Awareness is something I lack a lot of.
Behaviour is something I struggle with a lot. Somebody who's autistic like me, prefers to stick to a familiar routine. Whehter that's, going to bed a decent time or sticking to what I usually do during the day. A change of routine is something I really struggle with. Maintaining a settled and familiar routine I find keeps me happy however, breaking that usual routine can make me unsettled which makes my emotions change. I'm in an unfimiliar routine which then triggars me becoming upset, moody or angry. I don't like change. Staying in a regular and familiar routine keeps me happy.
I'm also not very good at doing something I'm asked to by somebody else, I respond in a negative way because I hate the word no. If somebody tells me no...I don't always like it which then causes a meltdown.
Speech and Language
Speech and Language is literally one of the most common symptoms of autism. People like us don't understand language used such as, metaphors, sarcasm or figures of speech. It's not my strongest area. If somebody told me something sarcastically, I would never understand and take it seriously.
I also had very delayed speech. I coudn't put phrases together to make a sentence. I found it hard to pronnounce words when I was little which delayed it. I'm much better now than what I was when I was little.
So there are 3 of my most common symptoms of autism. If you have autism and you can relate then please do get in touch! I would really like to hear your experiences.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this article and have learnt something new by this!