I thought it would be interesting to interview my son. I have not changed his answers at all. Some are short and sweet and others interesting. My son has ASD and SPD. He currently attends a specialist high school but he was in mainstream through primary school.
Here are his answers:
How old are you?
What do you enjoy doing?
Playing on a screen or anything to do with technology.
What do you find easy?
Maths, playing games on my phone and ICT.
What do you find hard?
Calming down and writing.
What is autism?
It’s to do with your brain. Different parts of your brain work differently to other people. It means I’m better than other people at some things like maths and I find some things difficult that other people find easy like writing.
Do you remember finding out you were autistic?
No I don’t remember.
What do you like about being autistic?
What do you not like about being autistic?
Not being able to do what other people can, like playing paintball because I get too stressed.
Do you like school?
Yes I enjoy the school I’m at now. The people there are kind, there aren’t many people in my class. There’s only forty children in the school.
Have you always liked school?
No I didn’t like my primary school.
It was very crowded. There were a lot of children in each class. I didn’t think anyone understood me. It was the complete opposite of the school I’m at now.
How do your sensory processing disorders affect you?
I don’t like some noises like loud or long beeps, car horns, artificial lights, they annoy me and wind me up. I wear ear defenders to help.
I don’t like light touch (touches my arm) no one likes that though do they? I like my weighted blanket.
I can smell things that some people can’t.
I like to swing and spin.
Can you describe a meltdown?
It’s too hard to describe a meltdown because all you can think of when you are having a meltdown is nothing.
What helps if you are having a meltdown?
What helps if you are feeling stressed?
Fun snaps because you throw them and they make a loud bang and you can throw them as hard as you want. Going on a screen. Pets calm me down.
How do you find sleeping at night?
Hard – I never feel tired.
What annoys you?
Noises, people touching me, if someone ignores me, if someone laughs at me. If I’m told off for something I haven’t done. If I don’t know where I’m going when we go out. I don’t like surprises.
Where is your favourite place?
Space because it looks fun to have no gravity and it’s endless.
What are your favourite games?
Minecraft, Roadblocks, Escapists, Balloons td5, Scrap mechanic, Kerbal space program, beamNG.drive. I play Balloons td5 on my phone the rest are on my computer.
Five months on from being interviewed for this post, and after me realising that my son felt being autistic was limiting him, he has participated in his first paintball training session. With a lot of explaining before hand, a bit of help and me getting hit by a lot of paintballs, he had a great day. He really enjoyed it and is hoping to play again!
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