I’m honoured and eager to take part again in this year’s blog hop for Autism Month, lovingly initiated by RJ Scott. 30 authors will be featuring a fact each day – which you may or may not know already – and sharing their own thoughts on the topic.
And there are GIVEAWAYS too! Mine is below. Please visit other posts this month, all links are hosted HERE.
Today’s fact: 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on.
Today’s fact is distressing. Not only the fact that children are picked on at school – because so many of us are and were, for all variety of reasons: as a mother, it always breaks my heart – but because so many instances of bullying are because of ignorance. Autism takes many different guises, and appears more or less obviously, according to the individual. We would hope that everyone treats a fellow human, child or adult, with respect and a tolerance for their own unique behaviour.
It doesn’t always happen! But any way we can help promote and ease the awareness of autism, by formal or informal education, will help to familiarise and reassure people dealing with it.
The BBC is featuring the stories from many people diagnosed later in life HERE. Five times as many males as females are diagnosed, and this is a small selection of interviews with women. It’s often harder to diagnose in females, and these stories are fascinating, heart-wrenching, and heartening to read.
Please comment on this post, or on my Facebook where it’ll be copied, and I’ll enter your name for a £10/$15 Amazon voucher. I’ll draw the name on SUNDAY April 8.