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Want to know what Autism feels like?

Some of you know that my son is autistic, although high functioning it is enough for him to be registered disabled as when he is affected it is severe in its impact.

He is very eloquent and well spoken but the chances of you having a turn in a conversation are somewhat limited and social situations are very difficult for him. He has a casual job at a leisure centre as lifeguard and some people have questioned this but in fact he is perfect for the job. In an emergency he will follow instructions to the letter without panic or second thought. Since he has been there he has performed two saves, one of which required the kiss of life and cpr.His colleague who was also on duty stopped in shock for a minute but that minute is vital in life-saving situations.

A few months ago he came across this link when surfing youtube - he spends hours looking for clues for what different phrases and expressions mean and even has his own channel for a console game which he plays and attends competitions for. When he found the link he was really excited and pointed out that this is how he sees things on a 'normal time' - his words not mine.

I think it is something that everyone should see as it really does help with understanding.

Please watch and share the video with others

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arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 5:46 PM

brilliant way to help educate people about autism - his life saving work is brave and fantastic

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:10 PM

With such a high number of kids these days being diagnosed with autism it surprises me that I don't know anyone personally that has an autistic child.

UK_Writer wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:19 AM

I'm on the scale too. If he's a lifesaver, he should investigate the options of being a swimming teacher, or coach - that's good money and your interaction with others is limited as they're there to learn they're in the water - and so it's an easier relationship to manage.

Maplewinter wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:10 AM

I really couldn't imagine what it would be like living with sensory overload all of the time. The video is fantastic and should be shown as much as possible to help people to understand.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:56 PM

I am so proud of him for doing it. When he was young they wanted to take him out of main stream schooling and put him in the hospital school. I refused because I don't want him to feel isolated from the people of the town and I'm glad I did as he has done so much more than they ever thought he would

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:59 PM

Yes you do lol me. I know what you mean though, sometimes I think its a diagnosis that is made too often as a 'catch-all' for children with problems. My son and grandson were both diagnosed by psychiatrists after a long testing period but I have met other families where they were given a diagnosis simply from a talk to their GP (family doctor) and I don't get how that works

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:00 PM

He studied coaching at college and is currently learning gym coaching. he finds it easier to be telling someone what to do because it is just repetition of rules and things in a set order which suits him.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:02 PM

Its a brilliant video isn't it? It was nice (perhaps wrong word) to finally understand what it was like for him. You can really understand why such children can play up in supermarkets and crowds. I lost count of the number of times that people would criticize me for having a 'naughty' boy and I had to explain to him that he wasn't.

Magnolia wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:02 PM

wow this is great - prayers for your son. thanks for sharing this

lookatdesktop wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:26 PM

You have a real go getter there. There are so many variations of autism and I have some grand children who have autism in a different form called selective mutism. They will not speak to me at all under any conditions but they will speak to one another and in spite of their condition most of them hold down regular jobs.