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Four Things a Person with Autism Wishes You Knew

Bobbie O'Brien
WUSF Public Media

You may have heard what scientists and researchers say about autism, but what about the folks who are diagnosed with it? 

This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, who explains how he manages with Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum.

His step-mother, Danielle Casey, and Dr. Karen Berkman with the University of South Florida's Learning Academy also join Florida Matters host Carson Cooper.

In this excerpt from the show, Carson runs through part of the list of  “Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew”  written by Ellen Notbohm author and columnist. Some examples:

  • My autism is part of who I am, not ALL of who I am.
  • I'm a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally.  (Don't say something is a piece of cake when there's no dessert in the room!)
  • Listen to all the ways I try to communicate.  (Body language and the like)
  • Love me unconditionally.

Florida Matters can be heard Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM. You can listen to the full show, Florida Matters: Living on the Autism Spectrum.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.