What do you wish your school/teachers knew about you?

Hello all,

I am trying to put together a form of workbook that teachers are able to use within mainstream classrooms to help hetter understand children that are on the spectrum.

I find that too often children labelled as autistic are viewed only by their "disorder" and people forget this is a unique individual.

I understand there is a wide spectrum of needs, but I think a focus on positive interactions will help break down the barriers labels create.

Thanks for your time

Parents
  • At the time I would have liked them to know that I wanted to be able to fit in and socialise and I tried really hard but unfortunately that wasn't something that came easily to me at all. And I needed more help with that like others need more help with maths and spelling. I so often was made to feel like issues with my peers were my fault when I was at school and was constantly told to make more of an effort. 

    I'd also like them to have known that feeling of dread and anxiety I got every time they told the class to put themselves in groups. Apart from finding group work incredibly difficult, I was always the kid that ended up without a group. That rejection stung every time.

    I wanted them to understand that I wasn't a bad kid. I didn't mean it when I got angry, I needed help in learning to deal with that. Shouting at me didn't help. I needed time and space and a little understanding.

    And as qwerty has mentioned above. A lot of what I did was not intended. I didn't mean to be rude, I didn't know I was being rude. I didn't mean to do the wrong thing, I just completely misunderstood the instructions.

    Now, I would like my old school and teachers to know that I am autistic. That the "naughty" kid they had written off and said would never amount to anything just needed some different support.

Reply
  • At the time I would have liked them to know that I wanted to be able to fit in and socialise and I tried really hard but unfortunately that wasn't something that came easily to me at all. And I needed more help with that like others need more help with maths and spelling. I so often was made to feel like issues with my peers were my fault when I was at school and was constantly told to make more of an effort. 

    I'd also like them to have known that feeling of dread and anxiety I got every time they told the class to put themselves in groups. Apart from finding group work incredibly difficult, I was always the kid that ended up without a group. That rejection stung every time.

    I wanted them to understand that I wasn't a bad kid. I didn't mean it when I got angry, I needed help in learning to deal with that. Shouting at me didn't help. I needed time and space and a little understanding.

    And as qwerty has mentioned above. A lot of what I did was not intended. I didn't mean to be rude, I didn't know I was being rude. I didn't mean to do the wrong thing, I just completely misunderstood the instructions.

    Now, I would like my old school and teachers to know that I am autistic. That the "naughty" kid they had written off and said would never amount to anything just needed some different support.

Children