I am Hannah, I am 8 and I have Autism.
- I have a specific type of autism called Asperger Syndrome.
- Autism to me is a tiny little difference in the way I think and act in certain situations.
- My autism means I get a bit more worried than other people. This is called anxiety.
- I don’t like things that take me by surprise or happen unexpectedly. I like to know what is going to happen in advance. I don’t like films with massive shocks in, as I don’t know what is going to happen and it scares me. When I get scared I run away or panic which makes me angry or very, very upset.
- My autism means I am quite sensitive to things more than other people, such as being away from Mum and Dad, being hurt, some things on TV shows and very emotional situations.
- My autism means I find it difficult to cope with loud noises and very bright lights. It makes me feel scared.
- School is particularly difficult because of everything that is going on, but I have people there to help me.
- When it gets to Halloween I get nervous of shops, particularly Asda, because most of them have things like ghosts and scary things in the windows. I don’t go shopping in October.
- I often forget things or lose my concentration.
- Sometimes I feel very active and jump around and flap. Other times I am very tired and prefer to sit and have some chocolate. I chew things for a bit of comfort if I am tired or worried.
- I find it difficult to listen to people saying nice things about me.
- Sometimes I hurt myself because I think I deserve it.
- Sometimes, I am just happy to be alone, and if I am stressed it can help me lots.
- I am very creative, constantly coming up with new stories, even though I hardly ever write them.
- I know everything there is to know about rollercoasters.
- I love my family and friends very, very much.
- I like to help and be there for other people.
Autism makes me who I am – HANNAH!