10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

  1. I am a child.
  2. My senses are out of sync.
  3. Distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I am not able to).
  4. I’m a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally.
  5. Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate.
  6. Picture this! I’m visually oriented.
  7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do.
  8. Help me with social interactions.
  9. Identify what triggers my meltdowns.
  10. Love me unconditionally.


(Taken from the Book by Ellen Notbohm – “10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition”, 1 October 2012, Future Horizons, Inc. ISBN: 9781935274650)