Poem - I am your autistic child

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12 Sep 2007, 8:58 pm

I thought this poem might be of interest to the parents on here.

I am Your Autistic Child
By: Adelheide Johanna Schmetterling

I am your autistic child
Please love me as I am.
Help me to navigate
A world not quite suited to me.
Have patience when I can cope no more
And need a break.
Let me observe you and learn
The scripts of the world.
“Please” “Thank You”
“I’m fine. How are you?”
Give me space when I need it, but
Remember to hold me close sometimes, too.
Forgive my faux pas and
Show me a new strategy.
Teach me how to fly, but,
Let me decide when I’m ready to soar.
Have pride in who you have helped me to become
And, always reassure me of your love.



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12 Sep 2007, 10:10 pm

Thank you, sums it up very well.


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12 Sep 2007, 10:37 pm

You said it well! Thank you!



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12 Sep 2007, 10:39 pm

I resist these terms relentlessly
The scripts of the world.
“Please” “Thank You”
“I’m fine. How are you?”
and I still resent having to use them
please don't hold it against me.
I was just born that way . . .


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13 Sep 2007, 1:20 am

Great poem, and I also like what sinsboldly added. I felt much that way for many years. I've improved a lot, but I haven't forgotten those feelings.


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13 Sep 2007, 7:14 am

I really like that poem and Merle's addition as well as I can relate to both.



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13 Sep 2007, 8:23 pm

Good poem. I think it should be applied to all children, not just autistic/AS children. It is appalling how many kids with nothing wrong with them are just plain rude. Saying "Please" and "Thank you" are plain good manners. I do have trouble saying and replying appropriately to "How are you?" Sometimes I don't feel all that great, but I tell people I'm fine regardless. Even an "okay" rather than a "good" or "great" sometimes leads to "Only okay?" I then change the subject because I don't want to make the other person feel bad.



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15 Sep 2007, 8:17 pm

Quote:
Let me observe you and learn
The scripts of the world.
“Please” “Thank You”
“I’m fine. How are you?”



Uggh, I hate those. Why say please or thank you when someone is doing something that they should be expected to do. Or ask how someone is when they are standing right in front of you and you can see how they are, and might have just seen them yesterday.

Quote:
Give me space when I need it, but
Remember to hold me close sometimes, too.


My mom always says how I never wanted to be held, even as an infant. In reality I longed to be hugged



I like this poem. It sums everything up nicely



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18 Sep 2007, 5:27 am

This is a beautiful poem!

Mum and dad always taught my siblings and me to say "please" and "thank you" but where I struggle is when I ask for something in a shop or somewhere and the person says "we don't have it" in an unhelpful tone.

For instance, this afternoon I was in the supermarket and waiting at the deli section while the staff fiddled around and completely ignored me. Eventually, one girl said "what do you want" and I said "could I have a whole chicken please" (the cooked chickens were in bags)

She said "we don't sell whole chickens here". I was flabbergasted for a moment then said "whatever", turned my back and walked away. Then I heard her say "you have a nice day, too".

Well, why should I have had to thank her for being rude and ignorant? But if somebody in a shop looked around for something and then said "sorry we don't have it" in a polite tone, I would say "thank you".


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21 Sep 2007, 11:23 pm

Awesome Poem
Easier said than done...yet worth all the time it takes to do it :D
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