Want to Know What It’s Like to Have Autism? This Boy Explains It
Lots of times we hear about autism from experts. That’s fine, but it’s also really important to learn about autism from the people who actually have it.
To mark Autism Awareness Month, vlogger James Kavanagh did just this, interviewing his 13-year-old nephew Sean, who is on the spectrum. Sean has atypical autism (which is also known as PDD-NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified).
In the video, he tells us stories, laughs, and slips up with a cute little blooper. He relates how his condition affects his day-to-day life and interactions with people, how people with autism differ from people without autism, and how high his IQ is (check it out—it’s pretty darned high!). He also clears some myths and misconceptions on autism.
He talks about his problem with bullying and has these words of advice for working with, interacting with, and helping people with autism: “be understanding and try to let them into your activities.”