Autism is

I was asked to write a poem to mark world autism awareness month on April 2nd. There are so many misconceptions about autism and I wanted to show people how vast the spectrum can be. So here is my poem.

Autism is

Unable to speak, or maybe speaking too much
Hugging everyone, or disliking touch
Escaping outside,
Or trying to hide
Excitedly flapping
Inappropriate clapping
Autism varies so much

Won’t wear a coat, or wears one all year round
Fussy eater, or would eat dirt from the ground
Screaming or humming
Annoyingly drumming
Toys in a line
The same way every time
Autism varies so much

Struggling to learn, or has wonderful gifts
Obsessions of numbers, trains, films or lifts
Spinning around
Throws things on the ground
Constantly spitting
Aggressively hitting
Autism varies so much

Alone without friends, or controls every game
Always looks different, always dresses the same
Swinging on doors
Head banging on floors
Freaks at the dryer
Keeps climbing higher
Autism varies so much.

Can’t answer questions, won’t do as their told
In their own world or bossy and bold
Over prepared
Anxious and scared
A spectrum so wide
But they all bring us pride
When autism touches our lives.

And here is what autism looks like in my life:

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13 thoughts on “Autism is

  1. Wonderful! I have a 13yr old with Aspergers and I was diagnosed with it too, 3 years ago.
    May I share this on my FB page on 2nd April? I will credit you of course πŸ™‚

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  2. hi there, got your name from Chris Low. My youngest (also turning 5) has aspergers. It is really touching to read all your blogs.

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  3. I love your poem. Thank you so much for expressing what it is like living with Autism. We have a 22 yr old daughter who was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 12. It has been a long road with many bumps and adventures along the way!

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  4. I’m so sorry you have been receiving such negativity from social media regarding this poem. I find this behaviour towards you abhorant! My family are relatively new to autism although I say this only in terms of knowing not being. When I read you poem, I did not think, well this doesn’t describe our experience – to be honest, it mostly doesn’t. I thought, this lady has experienced all of this as a Mummy. What a wonderful description from her perspective and many others I’m sure. I would say it is very hard to represent the entire spectrum of autism in one poem. Maybe even impossible. Keep doing what your doing. Many of us appreciate your writing and those that don’t, can move on and maybe write something themsleves that represents their experience! X

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