Noah is 8 and enjoys ball hockey, Lego Star Wars, swimming, camping and video games. Noah is very creative and has a vivid imagination, he loves to play Wizards, Karate guys and Star Wars, He makes his own games and often makes his own costumes! Noah has two brothers with Autism, Owen is 7 and David is 4.
I sent Noah's mom the same set of questions that I had B answer last month, and here are his responses.
A:Only when Owen and Dave get angry and hit me.
Q: In your eyes, what is the HARDEST part of being a sibling to an autistic brother/sister?
A: They don't understand waiting and turn taking and they always take things from me.
It's hard to play with them sometimes especially video games.
Q: What is the BEST part?
A:They are really good at figuring out my video games_and when we went to Disney we got a special pass and we didn't have to wait in lines
Q: Do you resent Autism? If so, Why?
A:No but if they didn't get so angry and hit me we could get along better.
Q: How has having a brother/sister with Autism changed your life?
A:I have to help Mom and Dad more and watch the boys. They don't listen good so I usually get asked to help.
Q: Has Autism taught you anything?
A:Owen and Dave get sick more than I do and take more of Mom and Dad's time. Autistic kids are really smart and funny. Owen likes his routine and Dave is bossy!
Q: Do you think educating other kids about Autism is important? If so, Why?
A:Other kids don't understand that Owen and |Dave say what they think and they should try not to be upset at some of the things they say. They sometimes find it hard to go to sleep and are grumpy in the morning. They sometimes like to play alone. If they are making noises or jumping around it's because they need to to calm down.
Q: If you were given the opportunity to speak to your school as a whole about Autism, what would you tell them?
A:_Be a friend to kids with Autism, they find it hard to sit still and sometimes make noises so they can calm down. If they hug you or hit you they may not want to but they can't always tell us what's wrong and it makes them upset.
Q: Kids with Autism are 4x more likely to be victims of bullying. If you saw someone bullying a child with Autism, what would you do?
A:Tell the bully that he has a disability and can't play like we do and I would tell the teacher.
Q: If you had to write an essay about Autism, tell me, in a few words what it might say?
A:Autism kids like routines, they have great memories and are very smart. They want to play with us but sometimes they like to play alone because things bother them.
Q: Here is your chance. If I left anything out, and there is something you want to add about Autism (it can be positive or negative) feel free to write it here.
A.It's hard not having more time with Mom and Dad but I love my brothers!
There you have it. Another wonderful interview with another AMAZING sibling. The honesty of children is like no other, and it's so refreshing to see Autism through their eyes. If all children felt the same, our world would be in great hands!!!
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