Today my son and I have decided to do a blog post together, about autism. This has come from recent discussions on what blogging is and what I blog about (originating from a discussion about his teacher’s school blog). I figured it’s also a good way for me to gauge where his perceptions on autism currently lie, as well as to share my son with you. This is the result (italics are my questions):
What do you want to say about autism?
Autism can sometimes be better and sometimes be worse.
What do you mean?
Because you can know more stuff, and sometimes you don’t know what to do.
Extremely hard maths problems.
But is that because of autism?
I think, I infer.
Do you like having autism?
Yes, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. Autism can be sometimes good for your brain to think, and sometimes you can make a lot of mistakes with your brain, sometimes.
Is there anything else you’d like to say about what it’s like having autism or what you think of autism?
Autism is sometimes cool and sometimes not cool. I wish we had more so I could learn all about autism. It can sometimes be misunderstanding… I was sometimes talking you don’t understand and sometimes talking you do understand, mostly yes, and least no.
[He’s wriggling and flicking his hands.] What are you doing there?
When I flick, when I jump up and down on my bum bum, and sometimes I wiggle my legs, mostly the fingers and leastly the hands.
And why do you do that?
Because that’s what I do when I’m very happy or excited, about half yes and about half no.
What do you mean “half yes and half no”?
Sometimes I can just smile and sometimes I do this.
Do other people do that when they’re happy?
I don’t know, do you know?
When I’m happy do I flick my hands about?
No. Sometimes, about, you should only do that, people with autism should slow down with about a quarter to none… so sometimes you can flick, about the maximum you can do it is a quarter of the time, and the minimum is none of the time.
Why can’t you just do it all the time when you’re happy?
Because it can ruin the chair or the couch.
Any other reason?
Because it can be annoying for autism people, but especially without autism, or for humans.
Why do they find it annoying?
Because it can be just not understand what they want, the parent doesn’t know what they want.
So what’s a good way to let parents know what you want then?
Very very happy.
What are your favourite things?
About the human bodies and space, space about 1% more and the human body 1% less or the space more or a weeny tiny bit more.
And what do you like the least, what don’t you like?
I don’t like [brother] going to my room. Going upstairs, sometimes a bit less, and [brother] going to my room 1% more… no, it’s not 1% more, it’s about 40% to 60% more or a weeny tiny tiny bit more. If [brother] destroys my stuff, I’ll be very very angry or sad.
And what would would you do if you were very angry or sad?
Tell my Mum and ask me to buy a new thing, if she says no I’ll still be very very very very angry or sad, if she says yes I’ll get very very happy or excited.
Is there anything else at all that you want to share about yourself?
No. I want the title to be “All About Autism.”