I see a boy sat alone, yet smiling and playing
You see a loner, the strange kid, the odd one!
I see a boy frustrated, confused and distressed
You see a brat with no respect, no decent upbringing!
I see a boy stood talking, trying to make a connection, a possible friend. He gets it wrong because of something he said wasn’t seen as appropriate. His been left rejected and upset.
You see a trouble maker, a boy who is rude and makes it his mission to offend.
I see a boy walk into a busy playground, I then see parents like you shaking your heads as you rush to gather your kids. I now see a boy stood playing in a large empty space alone!
You see “That Kid” from before, the one who swore as he throw himself on the floor, shouting at children like yours for accidentally running into him, pushing him as they chased a ball.
I see a boy stood drawing a tear as he watches the school coach leaving!.
You see the boy who ruins it for others. you see it as a blessing that he isn’t attending the school trip. Beyond this you see nothing.
I see a gathering of mothers stood at the school gate laughing. I see the reaction they give as I’m passing… Silence whispers and staring.
You see that mother, the one who drags up her kids… Failing to install good values, respect and self discipline
I see a sweet boy who has the tendency to become easily distressed
You see a boy who throws a wobbler whenever he fails to get the things that he wants.
I see a boy excitedly speaking to others about his interest. He speaks quickly announcing all he knows on the subject. A boy who hasn’t yet released its his time to quit speaking .
You see a boy who dominates conversation, his rude letting no one get a word in edge ways. You see a bore, a child who is self obsessed and selfish… Spoilt and for that you blame me… The parent.
I see a boy who counts to ten before speaking a child who has learnt that this may stop him from potentially offending.
You see an odd boy, one who can only be described as slow and profoundly stupid.
I see a boy who cares about “The Rules” who therefore reminds his peers that those rules are not to be broken.
You see a boy who is bossy. A child who is likely raised by a control freak!
I see a boy who is actually very bright, he has qualities that others could only hope for. I see a boy who continuously tries to get it right. A boy who gets up every time his knocked down, never giving up, nor giving in. Yes he can be naughty his a boy after all. But should you gather your kids and run when you see him… No! why… what ever for?
You see nothing I see.. How could you ever see what I see if you refuse to look a little closer.
You can’t see autism, it doesn’t get stamped on the head of a baby at birth. But knowing just how autism can present is an education you need. With numbers rising there is a good chance the child who sits next to yours at school or even that work colleague you have drinks with on Friday is on the autism spectrum.
My child like many is capable of just as much as you or I. He is an individual, with interests, talents, weaknesses and at time difficulties… We all are as human beings.
Certain areas of his brain work somewhat differently making some areas of life more challenging… Social communication, sensory processing and black and white thinking are to name but a few! Yet that doesn’t mean he should be judged or discriminated against.
Its not the traits of autism that make my sons life more challenging but the way others perceive them traits. His happy with himself 98% of the time and just wants you to except him but more importantly… Understand him!
After all… Where does being “Average” get you?
So I ask you… One this day aimed at raising awareness for those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Do you see what I see?
Or Will you at least try to see it Now?