My Aspergers Boy
Can you even begin to see,
How life is different for me?
Sudden or loud noises I often dread,
Or the wind howling around my head.
I cover my ears to block it out,
Feeling angered, I often shout.
Too many people make me feel penned in,
Just like sardines squashed in a tin.
I'll clap my hands in an excitable way,
Knowing that I am happy with something today.
Loving kisses and cuddles from those close to me,
But from anyone else, I won't, sorry!
Lot's of steps to take and achieve over periods of time,
we eventually make it to the end of the line.
Hair washes and haircuts are a definite NO!
Screaming and tantrums when we have to go.
Fireworks that come usually once a year,
Still make me frightened and tremble with fear.
Way up high into the sky they go,
Feeling anxious, watching from a window.
If you could reach inside my mind,
There are so many differences that you will find.
You see,the information that I am taught,
Can stay a while, deep in thought.
My social skills have greatly improved too,
I am now able to hold a conversation with you!
With my friends,I will join in and hide,
Where as before, I would only play alongside.
In the classroom,I sit with my friend, who is similar to me,
He has Aspergers too, there is a pattern you see.
Making up stories, I love to do at school,
They have super hero's, who are very cool!
Different interests I had, would become obsessive to me,
there was bowling, playing cards, and also monopoly.
Collecting different versions of the things I adored,
And never once got tired or even bored.
Lego is another favourite of mine,
Building just what I liked all of the time.
All of the things I build you will be able to see,
That they turn out and look just like they should be!
Change is a thing that can confuse me,
I need to know exactly how everything should be.
Whether I am told or given a visual display,
It helps me to be clear in my mind, day to day.
I need to know that everything is "just so",
And to point me in the direction I need to go.
So there you are,and you may now see,
How life is different for me
A beautiful poem written by Charlotte Olson, giving an insight to some of the difficulties a child with Aspergers faces day to day.
I would like to say a big thank you to Charlotte for giving us permission to share her poem!
Charlotte has published a great collection of children's stories.
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