If you’re autistic like me, it means your brain is wired differently. And that can make us see, hear and feel the world in a different way to other people. Sometimes we find everything overwhelming. It’s like all our senses are firing, all at once. Like we have no filter. Like we’re getting too much information. Sometimes it can mean we’re skilled in things that other people aren’t. Sometimes it means the things everyone else finds so easy are the most unbearable challenges we could imagine.
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Everyone on the autism spectrum is different. Some of us find it difficult to tell people what we need, and how we feel. While some of us find it hard to understand people, how they expect us to behave. It works both ways, though. I feel misunderstood. I try my hardest every day, but I feel like I always get it wrong.
So if you see someone having a meltdown, don’t judge them – think ‘TMI’ instead, take time, make space and imagine. It can make a world of difference.
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