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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds SPEAKER 1: What is autism, and what is it like to have autism? In the following videos, you will see how autism is very different with different people. What do we mean with difficulties in social communication and social interaction?

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds SPEAKER 2: Most of the time, I can make eye contact with you when you speak to me. That wasn’t always the case. Like a lot of other kids with autism, I might not have been looking, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t listening. Yay.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds SPEAKER 1: And what do we mean when someone is showing specific repetitive behaviour? Take another good look. What do you see?

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds In the video, you saw the movement that children with autism make. Especially young children with autism show these behaviours. In older children and in adults, we see the specific interests more often.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds So what’s the daily life like? These people will tell you about it. For example, when something unexpected happens, this is very difficult for people with autism. Also, sometimes they cannot stand noise or busy settings.

Skip to 1 minute and 24 seconds SPEAKER 3: I can hear and see a lot of things and sounds all at the same time, which sometimes makes it hard to focus on any one sound or thought. That’s why it may take a little more time to answer you when you ask me a question.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds SPEAKER 4: Is it loud in here?

Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds SPEAKER 3: [INAUDIBLE]. I also tend to take what people say literally. That means if you say take a seat, you might find one less chair in your classroom. If you say it’s raining cats and dogs, I might think, ooh, I’m getting a puppy. If you say fall is coming, I might plop to the ground.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 seconds If you say I’m so hungry I could eat a horse, I might get a little nauseous. If you say play music by ear, I might easily bang my head on a piano. And if you say keep your eyes peeled, that’s just gross. So if you’re very specific when you talk to me, everybody wins.

What is it like to have autism?

The following short fragments are about autism and the symptoms or characteristics of autism. They show how autism can be different for different kinds of people.

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