When Your Brain Is Wired Differently: Understanding Autism

Do you ever feel like your brain works a bit differently than other people’s?
Like sometimes you get really interested in certain things, and it is hard to talk about anything else?
Or maybe you find it tricky to understand what others are feeling or make friends? If this sounds like you, you might be autistic!
Being autistic means your brain is wired in a unique way. It is like having a supercomputer in your head that processes information differently. Lots of kids and teens are autistic, and it is nothing to be ashamed of – it is just a part of what makes you, you!

When you are autistic, you might:

  • Have intense interests or hobbies that you could talk about for hours
  • Find certain sounds, lights, or textures uncomfortable or overwhelming
  • Prefer routines and have a hard time with changes or surprises
  • Communicate or express yourself in ways that others might find quirky or different
  • Have a tough time understanding social rules or making friends

For autistic girls, it can sometimes be harder for others to recognize their unique qualities. They might:

  • Be really good at masking or hiding their autism by copying others’ behaviour
  • Have more “typical” interests like dolls, animals, or art rather than trains or computers
  • Be seen as shy, anxious, or “too sensitive” rather than autistic

This is because society often expects girls to act a certain way, so autistic girls might work extra hard to fit in. But just because they do not always show it, doesn’t mean they are not facing challenges or need support.

Being autistic can make some things tougher, but it also comes with some pretty amazing strengths! You might be creative, have an incredible memory for facts, or be able to focus intensely on things you love. Your unique perspective can help you solve problems in ways others might not think of.

At Viam Tuam, there are people who really understand autism and can help you thrive. They can work with you and your family to find ways to make life a little easier, like:

  • Creating visual schedules or checklists to help with routines and transitions
  • Finding sensory-friendly tools or spaces to help you feel more comfortable
  • Practicing social skills and making friends who appreciate you for who you are
  • Exploring your interests and using them to learn and grow

Remember, being autistic is just one part of who you are. You have so many amazing qualities and talents that the world needs. Do not be afraid to be yourself, ask for help when you need it, and surround yourself with people who celebrate and support you.

At Viam Tuam, we think you are pretty incredible just the way you are. So, keep being you, and know that you have got a team of people ready to cheer you on every step of the way!