April 2nd is World Autism Day! I have Autism myself, or more specifically, I have Asperger's Syndrome and it comes with its own set of pros and cons. Today I'll be telling you mostly about the downsides but I'll be back later with a happy, 'upsides' post!
Asperger's isn't just the bad stuff, but it certainly isn't a walk in the park. I have problems that can't be seen on the outside, and can't easily be explained. People with autism are all very different, there's not a list of 'symptoms' you can check to see how to deal with autism. Click to read & see more!
I don't make a very good first impression. When people take the time to get to know me, MOST of them like me, but that first contact is stressful to me and that's exactly why it gets screwed up. I get nervous and say dumb things, I switch prepositions around and I stumble over my words. I want people to like me but I don't know how to do that, because I don't really understand other people. All this makes it just the more hurtful when people don't understand me.
I have trouble with contact over the phone because it's hard enough face-to-face, but even harder without seeing the other person's expression and body language. And yes, I know autistic people aren't supposed to pick up on those things but I have learned a lot by connecting words and expressions to specific situations and my memory allows me to use those connections at other times. It's really hard to explain :-p
I'll leave you with the video and tell you more about my Autism in another blog post, another time!
Music is "Fretless" by Kevin MacLeod
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