This list comes from Ellen Notbohm’s book Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew.

It’s simple, yet so important to remember so I thought I would reproduce it here.

  1. I am first and foremost a child. I have autism. I am not primarily “autistic.”
  2. My sensory perceptions are disordered
  3. Remember to distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I’m not able to)
  4. I am a concrete thinker, which means that I interpret language very literally
  5. Be patient with my limited vocabulary
  6. I’m very visually oriented because language is very difficult for me
  7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do
  8. Help me with social interactions
  9. Try to identify what triggers my meltdowns
  10. Love me unconditionally
  11. Patience, Patience, Patience (ok, there are 11 things, not ten!)
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