By Nathan Hillman
What is it like having autism?
Well, what is autism?
Autism is a spectrum condition that can make people hear and see the world differently to others without autism.
Everyone has struggles in their daily life and autistic people especially struggle. I have autism and so do my two cousins (who will remain anonymous).
I can definitely say it does have its’ downsides. But not everything is bad about autism.
How do I feel in busy places with autism?
Autism can affect people’s sensory processing and not everyone with autism are the same.
Here is how it feels for me. “It feels like my head is going to explode” “My heart starts racing” and “My ear drums feel like they will pop.” My ears are very sensitive so I cannot stand it when my mum puts the hoover on. Autistic people can seem like they are being disrespectful but they are not, They can have meltdowns sometimes because of sensory overload.
Autism is just another word for ‘little sh** syndrome’… I have heard people say this but IT IS NOT! I hate it when people say that!!
People with autism can have meltdowns but they cannot help it. I’m sorry but it is just the way they are, there is no cure but there are coping strategies that I would like to share:
Focus on your big toe. Sounds strange doesn’t it? Nope, when you focus and move you right toe, you are concentrating so hard on your toe that you cannot focus on your anxiety anymore.
Count to 10 and breathe. This is a common one, this does help a lot.
Exercise more often. It has been proven that exercise can release happy chemicals in your body, so do some yoga or go for a run!
Meditating. This is the second easiest one (as counting to 10 is the easiest) get a meditation CD or look up meditation music on youtube and just lay or sit up straight, and breathe…. easy right?
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. This can help with mood swings and depression as well.
I hope some of these help you!
There are certain materials I do not like and this is common with most autistic people. There are a lot of parents that get worried about their child having autism and the best advice I can give is to research autism and go see your GP for advice.
Now onto the good things!
Autistic people are very clever, I think that autistic people should follow their dreams and do what they want when they grow up. I want to help people, that’s why I am am writing this.
I hope I have helped some of you!
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