One-Eighty hosted a year 10 student, Rosie*, on work experience for 3 days. Rosie was keen to share her personal experiences of autism to help other people understand more about autism and how every experience is unique. This is her reflection:
Rosie’s positives of having autism:
Don’t try to fit in with everyone else
Honest (perhaps a little too honest)
Practical and a realist
Happy with my own company
Some difficulties of having autism:
Understanding jokes or sarcasm
Sensory issues – bright lights, loud noises, texture, taste
Understand social cues – they usually struggle interpreting how someone might be feeling
Showing and expressing empathy towards others
Understand that everyone with autism is different from each other – people may have high-functioning or low-functioning autism
If you know someone with autism, try to make them feel comfortable in a group – this could be starting a conversion with them because someone with autism may feel that they want to say something but they don’t feel confident or comfortable to actually say what they are thinking
Try not be offended if they say something hurtful – they are probably just being honest and not realising the impact it might have on that person
Thank you to Rosie for openly sharing her tips and experiences, to allow others to learn more and, understand and support those with autism!
*Name has been changed to protect the identity of the individual.