Question for my mother by autism ensemble 

Did you see me twirl?Did you hear me scream?

Did you listen to me talk to myself?

Did you notice my hand washing routine?

Did you see me always looking down?

Did you hear me get too mad?

Did you listen to me memorize every word to every song?

Did you notice me erase and rewrite until my letters were perfect?

Did you see the way I walked?

Did you hear me repeat to perfect my words?

Did you listen to me sob?

Did you notice my selective mutism?

Did you see my struggles in school?

Did you hear me argue with my elders?

Did you listen to my complaints?

Did you notice me touch everything?

Did you see me leap to every other step up the stairs?

Did you hear me counting?

Did you listen to my anger?

Did you notice me distracted?

Did you see my immaturity?

Did you hear the other kids whisper?

Did you listen to me struggle to read?

Did you notice my gifts?

Did you see my art?

Did you hear what my teachers said?

Did you listen to my poems?

Did you notice my depression?

No.

You did not see me.

You did not hear me.

You did not listen to me.

You did not notice . . . I am Autistic.

-J.S. 2016

9 thoughts on “Question for my mother by autism ensemble ”

  1. Excellent questions to ask not just our parents, but also our teachers, friends, other family members, doctors, and even strangers who don’t understand our actions as autistic people.

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  2. Willie was misdiagnosed and we missed the early intervention stage. He has seizures and it was 2 years before that was discovered so the Autism was masked. We had to fight to get that in his I.E.P.

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