Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
Most (if not all) of my life, I’ve asked myself one question: “Why can’t I be normal?”
In elementary school, I was not very social during recess like the other kids. I didn’t make friends that easily, which made me feel alone.
When I found out I had Autism, my elementary school librarian helped me find books so that I could do some research and better understand it. I learned that those with Autism aren’t really that social around people and don’t always have the social skills needed to make friends.
That’s when it hit me – a whole new question: “What exactly is normal?” But being normal looks different for everyone. For example, someone’s idea of a normal family might be a loud family, it might be an athletic family, or it might be a quiet family.
When I was a little girl I wanted to be like the other people; hanging out with family/friends, socializing, trying new things, and all that stuff other people do. Once I was able to define Normal, I was able to see that I’m actually glad I’m Autistic. It means I stand out from everyone else in my own way. It’s not criminal to be an individual – this is something that I say to myself when I start to feel like an odd ball around other people. I’ve learned some ways to overcome my own struggles with socializing, and now I am able to talk to other people a lot more easily than I used to. I even managed to make some new friends this summer and during my first semester of college, whom I truly treasure.
Always remind yourself that there’s a different definition of “Normal” for everyone in life. For example, when you see someone using a coping skill in public to calm themselves down, that is his/her Normal.
I’ll be back again soon – See ya next time 😉