10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

1. I am first and foremost a child. I have autism.  I am not primarily “autistic.”
Autism is only one aspect of my total character. It does not define me as a person.

2. My sensory perceptions are disordered. 
This means that the ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of every day, that you may not even notice, can be downright painful for me.

3. Please remember to distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I’m not able to).
It isn’t that I don’t listen to instructions. It’s that I can’t understand you.  Approach me and speak directly to me in plain words.

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