A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

What is Autism?

My friend Aimee, mommy to the awesome Christian, posted this on her Facebook and I LOVED it. Check it out...

What is Autism?


Imagine if…

You had a bee buzzing around your head
And someone asked you to say the alphabet backwards

Imagine if…

You were in the middle of a really loud rock concert
And someone wanted you to name all your aunts and uncles

Imagine if…

You were wearing three pairs of gloves.
And someone told you to eat a box of raisins one by one

This is what things are like for me, a lot of the time.


I’m autistic.

Your brain is like the inside of a computer, full of connections and wires.
With messages to your body whizzing around telling you what to do

My brain looks the same as yours, except some connections work really well, and some work really differently.

And my brain wires can get crossed really easily.

So, if I’m doing something a bit funny looking… try not to laugh at me.

It’s just one of my brain connections clearing itself out.

And if I tell you something over and over… just ask me to stop repeating.

It’s just one of my wires plugged into the wrong socket.

And, if I freak out at some sound that you think is really normal… maybe help me get away from the sound.

It’s just because my ears have their own unique volume control.

And, if you think I’m ignoring you… I’m not.

I’m probably just focussed on something else, like a tiny spider on the ceiling on the other side of the room.


Autism is a different way of seeing the world.

And seeing things the way I see them is awesome, but it makes me really tired sometimes.

So, I might not always understand what’s going on.

And, I might need time by myself to think things through.

Or, I might crash or jump or swing for a while to straighten myself out.

Don’t worry if I don’t always do things the way you do.

Try to imagine what it’s like inside my head, then you’ll see…
I’m not being rude

I’m not being naughty

I’m not sick

I’m autistic

And I’m just being me.




16 comments:

Cheryl D. said...

That was friggin' awesome! It really explains autism beautifully.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Great post Dani!

tulpen said...

Holy Crap!!!

That was awesome. Just awesome.

*crying a little here*

Piscesgirl said...

Super post!

sherri said...

that is great. and that is a gorgeous picture of your daughter. super sweet.

only a movie said...

Perfection!!

jennifer weintraub said...

I always explain to people that my son has "super hero senses"....but this is the most perfect thing I have ever read! I am hysterical, not because I'm sad, but because I'm so relieved. Relieved to have a perfect explanation. thank you, Aimee. AMAZING!!!

Lynn said...

That is perfect. I wish I could spend a day in their heads. On another note: she is so cute. love the dress. even on my worst day, dressing my girl is a consistent simple pleasure.

Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

Wow. Thank you for sharing.

mumtoj said...

I know someone has already said it but.......awesome!
Absolutely brilliant! :)

dotcomkari said...

I really like this and may just need to steal it and post it on my blog! it explains Autism so wonderfuly!


I have a four year old son with Autism and i am your newest follower! I hope to watch your child grow!

Jessica said...

I love this!!

Heather said...

LOL Bri and I were just looking at your blog and he pointed to LB and said "Train"- I think that means he likes her :) It's definitely a compliment in Brian speak.

trydefyinggravity said...

this is fantastic. can I share this on my FB page?

heather yalin said...

This is just SOOO good!

Sunday said...

This is AMAZING! With permission I would love to copy it on my blog and link back to you and also to your friend on Facebook if that is okay(?)

Just let me know. It is pure brilliance!

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