Hello, my name is O and I am 8.
I have autism which means that I think differently to most of my friends.
When you read a word or hear a word or read a sentence, what do you think of? Do you read the words and imagine what the sentence might look like? Or do you just read the word and know what it means?
When I see or hear words I think of pictures and sometimes sounds or music that mean what the word is.
If I see the word clock I see pictures of different types of clocks like the clock in our kitchen or the clock in my classroom. I see pictures of different watches. I see analogue and digital clocks. I see alarm clocks. I see AM times, PM times and 24 hour times. Sometimes I hear the tic-toc of clocks or my mums phone alarm ringing. I hear the crocodile tic-tocing at Captain Hook.
If I see the word green I see pictures of grass, trees, flowers, broccoli and other things that are green. I hear croaking frogs because frogs can be green.
If I see the word doll I see pictures of china dolls that my Grandma has, I see pictures of my Monster High dolls and my DC Superhero dolls.
If I see the word school I see pictures of my last school, what the office looks like, I see pictures of my teachers. I hear the school siren or the school bell. I see different pictures of my new school.
If I see the word space I think about the spaces between words. I see stars and planets and moons. Space makes me think about astronauts and the international space station and galaxies and Titan. I really love space.
The pictures look like a movie. The pictures flash through my brain like a movie is playing of everything about clocks or a movie about the colour green.
When I read a sentence, I see pictures in my brain that show me what the sentence looks like. It's pretty cool.
I really like doing school work that has symbols or patterns or pictures in it because I understand it really quickly. I am super fast when I am doing school work like that and I always get everything right.
I like doing research on the computer and in books because then I get to learn new words and see new pictures.
I like writing poems about things that I think about.
Words can be complicated sometimes but pictures and music and sounds are easy to understand.
I've tried telling some of my friends how I think but they don't really understand so I don't try to tell them anymore. I think they get confused because they don't understand.
I know that not all of my friends think the same that I do, but I hope that some of them might but maybe they are too worried to tell me because they are worried that kids will tease them. If they told me that they think like me I would tell them that it is okay. My mum and dad say that it is okay to be different. If we were all the same then it would be very boring. I like being different. I like being me.
Thank you for reading my writing.