5 Truly Awesome Things About Autism
by Tera Warner
My mom shares with pride the story of discovering me at less than 5 years old, in the basement at my grandparents’ home, standing at a white board. All my cousins (younger and older than I was at the time) were seated attentively and willingly at my feet while I gave them a little life lecture.
From a very young age, I was willing and able to communicate with ease in front of other people.
- I won almost every public speaking competition I entered in school (without honestly trying very hard).
- I was the lead in the school play.
- Through speaking competitions I was chosen to visit the Nation’s capital as a representative of my region of Canada.
- I was selected to be a Canadian ambassador and exchange student in South Africa during the end of apartheid.
- The Japanese government chose me for an international teaching opportunity at three different schools.
All these things happened because I wasn’t afraid to confidently communicate with others publicly throughout most of my life.
Before you think I’m sharing this to boast, (which ain’t my style) this is really to provide background proof for the fact that when autism stumbled into my life, I lacked neither the willingness nor the ability to communicate. So I was completely caught off guard when nothing I had learned or done in the realm of “public speaking” and social communication was of any use to me at all in handling autism.