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The Importance of Autism Awareness Week

Posted: 30th April 2019

The Importance of Autism Awareness Week

At the end of last term, as part of Autism Awareness Week, Miss Henry led a highly informative assembly to give the children a better understanding of autism. She showed the children a video clip called 'Amazing Things Happen'.

She also read out a very powerful report written by one of our pupils titled, 'Autism And Me'.

"From a very young age, I was always very quick and interested to learn. I was at my most happiest when I was drawing, pretend playing or reading a book. I would happily play or watch or read the same thing over and over again - driving my family mad! I felt most comfortable around my family or familiar adults but not really sure in groups of children my own age. I always had strong opinions and was called “strong willed” but I had lots of emotions inside me that I did not understand, these would often lead to amazing meltdowns!

At 5 years old I was diagnosed with Autism.

As I grew up, I realised that learning new subjects came easily to me - especially if it was a topic that I was interested in. I often get very engrossed in topics that fascinate me and find out all the facts but leaving work unfinished unsettles me. I am very intuitive, I am very creative, I am a visual learner and I have learned to rely on my amazing memory, which is still very useful to this day with exams and learning scripts for plays.

For all the gifts that my autistic brain gives me, there are still areas of human nature that I just don’t get. I don’t seem to be able to focus well if I am not engaged in the topic, I get easily emotionally overwhelmed (and cry) and have trouble moving on from one thing to another - making me always the last to arrive and then last to leave a classroom. Being constantly late is a challenge,  especially as I can’t focus well to stop it happening again in the future - even though I don’t want to be late anymore. 

I love being around people and having friends but I find it really hard to fit in when I don’t understand all the social rules that other people just seem to ‘get’. I am amazing with facts and figures and talking about key points such as saving the planet but absolutely clueless with the latest trends and celebrity gossip - I just don’t get the point. My lack of physical coordination means that I will never excel at sports, but I like being part of the team.

Over time I have picked up little habits to help me deal with the sensory overload of emotions and noise to my brain. Sometimes taking off my shoes, drawing, chewing things (mainly pens!) or flapping my hands - all of these calm down my senses, help me focus and put me back in control of the situation in am in.

Having Autism is hard, as others are not able to see or understand how you are struggling as its all going on inside your body. It is also very hard to put how you are feeling into words, especially as you don’t understand the feelings yourself or always understand why you feel them!!!

I have been called many things and left out of groups, all of which is very hurtful and unhelpful. A school playground is a scary and difficult place for an autistic. 

Due to society's fascination with material items, social media gossip and fast pace of life, autistic people are having a harder time than ever fitting in. It’s a fact that adults with autism have a higher suicide rate than non-autistic people. We are not looking for sympathy but with a little more understanding and compassion, such as the care we would give to someone in a wheelchair, maybe we can change this statistic. Autistic people ARE dealing with “invisible” issues every single day of their lives and with an understanding of this it would be great if everyone could see past their coping strategies and different ways of viewing the world and appreciate Autistic people for all their talents, creativity, unique views and intellect that they bring to our society.   

Some of the most successful and famous people in history have been/are autistic, including; Albert Einstein (Scientist and Mathematician), Amadeus Mozart (Composer), Michelangelo (Painter), Hans Christian Anderson (Author), Sir Isaac Newton (Mathematician, Astronomer and Physicist), Lewis Carroll (Author), Charles Darwin (Biologist), Thomas Jefferson (US President), Bill Gates (Microsoft founder), Steve Jobs (Apple CEO), Andy Warhol (Artist), Dan Aykroyd (Actor), Daryl Hannah (Actress), Susan Boyle (Singer), Tim Burton (Movie Director), James Joyce (Author), Stanley Kubrick (Movie Director), Jerry Seinfeld (Comedian), Satoshi Tajiri (Pokemon Creator) and many, many more….. "

This fantastically written piece was brilliant for the children to hear in assembly. It is important for all children to understand each other's individuality and help each other to flourish. At Skippers, we are committed to providing each and every pupil with a stimulating and supportive learning environment which celebrates their unique character and capabilities, allows them to be themselves and enables them to achieve to the best of their ability.

There was also a Mufti day which raised over £150 which is fantastic.
 

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