Autism Awareness

OASIS is a friendly charity run by parents for parents/carers who are bringing up children/young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or related conditions such as Global Developmental Delay or Sensory Processing Disorder in Oxfordshire.

Daanyaal and Zahrah in Year 6 spoke, eloquently and bravely, to KS2 about living with Autism during an assembly during Autism Awareness Week. This is what they had to share with us.

My name is Daanyaal.

This week is Autism Awareness week and April is World Autism month. Today I am going to expalin a little bit about autism and how it feels.

I was diagnosed with autism when I was three years old. Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people - FACT. Over 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, which means 2.8 million people have a relative on the autistic spectrum. It's a lifelong condition and it affects both boys and girls.

With autism I can struggle with these things: Behaviour,  Socialising and communication. I suffer with anxiety every day at school and at home. It feel like sometimes my friends won't understand me because of my fast talking and they think I talk gibberish - but it's just my fast talking.

I can get upset easily if I am not understood. I might bite my nails because I am anxious. This is a coping mechanism for me.

Everyone of us is different in our own way.

Accept each other and be kind. I just wanted you all to know what autism means, how it feels and about my childhood.

Hi I'm Zahrah

I am going to talk about autism for a sibling's point of view.

My brother is brilliant. He is amazing... but not all the time. His brain works differently