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06 Dec 2017, 12:24 am

"I'm a kid just like you": 9-year-old boy explains autism in viral video

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When George Yionoulis' fourth-grade teacher asked if he'd be comfortable making a presentation in class to explain his autism, the 9-year-old boy jumped at the idea. Instead of simply standing in front of the room and talking about himself, Yionoulis decided to produce his very own music video -- and now it's going viral.

"He doesn't necessarily know how far it's reached," George's mom, Lisa Jolley, told CBS News. "He didn't do this to become a YouTube sensation."

But that's exactly what happened.

The fourth-grader from Raleigh, North Carolina, originally made the six-minute video to share with his 21 classmates at Douglas Elementary. He wanted to explain why he may respond to situations differently than others.


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06 Dec 2017, 5:25 am

Nice! Thanks for sharing!


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12 Dec 2017, 6:32 pm

Thank you for sharing the video. I've posted it on my Facebook wall.


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14 Dec 2017, 11:24 am

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"We had him evaluated for a speech delay. He wasn't talking, so it really came out of nowhere for us," Jolley said. "He was so engaging and warm. I thought, 'He can't possibly have this.'"


Same thing happened with my parents in 1987 when they took me for the same reason. One doctor thought autism and they rejected the label. I was also loving and stuff and I copied my mother's moves and rocked a doll to sleep and roared like a lion. So they took me to a different doctor and he said language disorder for these reasons. My mom did wonder if she was being too proud but none of the doctors said I was autistic, only one doctor.

I am sure if I were born ten years later, more doctors might have said autism.


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30 May 2018, 2:28 pm

Thanks for spreading Autism Awareness.