This is a poem, written by some one with ASD, that describes their way or doing things.
Take my hand and come with me,
I want to teach you about ASD,
I need you to know, I want to explain,
I have a very different Brain.
Sights, sounds and thoughts collide,
What to do first, I cant decide.
Please understand I’m not to blame,
I just cant process things the same.
Take my hand and walk with me,
Let me show you about ASD.
I try to behave , I want to be good,
But I sometimes forget to do as I should.
Walk with me and wear my shoes,
You’ll see its not the way I’d choose,
I do know what I’m supposed to do,
But my brain is slow getting the message through.
Take my hand and talk with me,
I want to tell you about ASD.
I rarely think before I talk,
I often run when I should walk,
My thoughts are outside having fun.
I never know just where to start,
I think with my feelings and see with my heart.
Take my hand and stand by me,
I need you to know about ASD
Its hard to explain but I want you to know,
I cant help letting my feelings show.
Sometimes I’m angry, jealous or sad,
I feel over whelmed, frustrated and mad.
I cant concentrate and I lose all my stuff,
I really try hard but its never enough.
Take my hand and learn with me,
We need to know more about ASD.
I worry a lot about getting things wrong,
Everything I do takes twice as long.
Everyday is exhausting for me….
Looking through the fog of ASD.
I’m often so misunderstood,
I would change in a heartbeat if I could.
Take my hand and listen to me,
I want to share a secret about ASD.
I want you to know there is more to me,
I’m not defined by it, you see .
I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun
but I’m blamed for things I haven’t done.
I’m the loyalist friend you’ll ever know,
I just need the chance to let it show.
Take my hand and look at me,
Try to forget about the ASD.
I have real feelings just like you,
The love in my heart is just as true.
I may have a brain that can never rest
But please understand I’m trying my best.
I want you to know, I need you to see,
I’m more than the label…..
I am still Me!
( author unknown )
People who don’t understand the challenges of ASD have no idea what the enormity of achieving really is. It just takes a little more understanding, time and patience on our part to help them live a fulfilling life. A life where those around them know how hard they try to get things right. As I have said before ‘Why is our way the right way to do something as long as we all get to the same conclusion’.
Blessings always Alison Jane.