What is it like living with autism?
Because autism affects people differently, some people don’t need a lot of help, but others might need extra support throughout their life.
For someone with autism, everyday life can be confusing and chaotic.
Their brain works differently so just communicating with people can be really hard.
Simple things like talking to other people, and reading people’s body language and expressions can be difficult. Some people will be able to speak normally, while others may not be able to speak at all. They might use sign language to help with this
How can I help somebody with autism?
1. Be understanding – While you might find it difficult if somebody with autism doesn’t want to talk to you or play with you, it’s not their fault that they feel that way. They might even be frustrated about it themselves. Be patient and remember, the most important thing is not to take it personally. If you think someone with autism is being rude or unfriendly to you, remember that they don’t mean to be. If you’re upset about anything, go to speak to an adult that you trust about it.
2. Be accepting – The world can be a confusing place for somebody with autism and they may behave in a way that you think is a little strange. They might make noises or flap their hands, for example. Be kind and let them behave in a way that they are comfortable with. Don’t stare or single somebody out because they are behaving differently
3. Don’t make assumptions – Don’t make assumptions about what somebody with autism is like. It affects different people in different ways. For example, just because somebody with autism might struggle to communicate doesn’t mean they struggle to understand what is being said around them.
4. Ask – If you are at all unsure about anything, go to speak to an adult that you trust. You can speak to them about ways you might be able to help your friend with autism to make sure that they are OK.