Just because I am not looking at you or stimming doesn’t mean I am not listening.
I listen more effectively when I am focusing on your voice.
Facial expressions and body movements are distracting or sending me confusing messages.
Please don’t single me out by saying, that I need a particular tool or strategy to help me self-regulate.
Even though your heart is in the right place by hoping to bring awareness or understanding it is actually singling me out, making me a target for being different and categorising me as getting special treatment.
Please help find a strategy that all my peers can benefit from.
I need you to be familiar with the difference between a need and a want.
I may need to take time away from the class environment to re-centre and self-regulate, this doesn’t mean I want to get out of doing work or skip school.
I understand I must complete my work I will be able to do this more efficiently when I am able to focus.
I need a teacher who understands me not autistic stereotypes
Help me negotiate a system with my teacher that will help me thrive.
Where I can gesture or communicate without words, my emotions or challenges without drawing attention to myself.
Comprehension and processing information is one of my biggest challenges.
Understand I will not be able to answer a question straight away, calling on me in front of the class will compromise my self-esteem.
Change can turn my world upside down; routine is my Anchor.
Please prepare me for change if change is out of your control, allow me to work through and process.
Empower me by listen to me, if I indicated I am feeling overwhelmed, please don’t expect me or encourage me to push through.
Allow me time to work through these intense emotions with dignity.
I Forced myself to mask my authentic autistic self to oblige social obligations.
Because I felt unsafe to be my true self, having to mask, impacted on my mental health.
This is why I want to create change and empower young autistic voices