Congratulations, you are about to meet a wonderfully kind, incredibly smart person with Autism!
Most people that meet INSERT NAME never realize he has Autism. We have found that most people only know about Autism from characters they see on T.V. We want to help you understand Autism and INSERT NAME. First, and most important, there is a saying: If you met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism
Generally, people with Autism (ASD) are challenged with ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others, repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests or activities.
People with ASD also have many strengths and abilities, that may include (and all apply to INSERT NAME):
Having above-average intelligence – the CDC reports 46% of ASD children have above average intelligence
Being able to learn things in detail and remember information for long periods of time
Being strong visual and auditory learners
Exceling in math, science, music, or art.
You are about to meet INSERT NAME. To help you understand him, INSERT NAME wants you to know he is a regular kid that goes to a regular school, is in advanced classes, and should be treated like everyone else. But he also wants you to understand him. We have made a list of things that might be good for you to know.
Anxiety: Changes in routine, new situations, or overly stimulating settings (lights, noise) can cause INSERT NAME a lot of anxiety. When he is stressed out he might become very quiet and withdrawn. He may say to you he “needs a moment.” This does not mean he has to leave the area, or go home. This means that he recognizes he is stressed and wants to calm himself down. He destresses by drawing or meditating. A quiet spot in the same room is fine, or just simply taking any focus off him so that he can regroup. INSERT NAME can also get stressed by teasing as he often does not understand it and may misinterpret it as bullying.
“I am not arguing, I am just trying to explain”: Many people with ASD see things very black and white, they don’t process grey areas. INSERT NAME sometimes has trouble understanding another person’s point of view. He tries to explain to others why they are wrong. Sometimes, you have to tell him, “Can we agree to disagree?”
Taking Mental Notes: Social clues that are naturally learned by others, often have to be taught to people with ASD. INSERT NAME often asks “why” something is done a certain way, or why he has to do something. Usually, when INSERT NAME asks why, he is not challenging your authority or beliefs. He genuinely wants to know the why of the situation so that he can file it away for learning purposes.
No Filters: Knowing when NOT to say something, is a social skill INSERT NAME has not yet mastered, but he is getting there. Likewise, he may tell you he does not want to do something. This does not mean he will NOT do it, it just means that he shared with you that he does not want to.
He is an 11y/o boy: When all is said and done, he is also your typical 11 year old boy who does all the typical 11 y/o boy things. In which case I say, do no harm, but take no crap.
If you have any questions, please call, text, or email me: Insert contact information
Letter of Introduction for Teachers, Coaches, Camps and things like that.
I highly recommend you keep this short and to the point. If it is too long, people just won't read it.