My Life as a 10 Year Old With Autism

Tips for kids living with autism

*Missy*

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A preteen boy with red hair sits near a piano
Image Credit: Photo by Mikhail Nilov

Note: This article was written by my 10-year-old son. Unfortunately, he’s too young for a Medium account, so I’m publishing his article for him.

My life used to be a wreck.

I used to get suspended at school almost every day. I used to yell at people on a daily basis.

I’m not that kid anymore. During COVID, I thought to myself, “You know, I should change my life around.”

Almost every single day I was getting in trouble, and I wanted that to stop. But I don’t want this to be a sob story. Everything turned out okay, and life is good now.

I want to help you or your kids have easier lives. These ideas might not work for everyone, but this is how I get through my day. This works at school and home.

Here are some tips to help you get through your day if you have autism.

1) Limit screen time in the morning

Too much screen time can make you overstimulated. Your brain shouldn’t be like clothes in a dryer. It should be like a car driving slowly on a smooth road.

2) Eat a healthy breakfast

Eating a healthy breakfast helps me calm down. I get stressed when I eat too much junk food.

Some good foods for kids with autism are:

  • Beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds

Mango, avocados, lean meat, and rice are also good. Eat lots of foods with vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

Some people with autism can be kind of picky, so before making food, ask if they like that food. You should get their opinion and not force them to eat stuff they don’t like. If you aren’t getting enough nutrition from your food, try vitamins or smoothies.

Some foods you may want to avoid are deli meat, dairy products, wheat, and foods with lots of sugar. These can make you feel worse and cause issues for kids with autism.

3) Go outside

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*Missy*

Working through my trauma one story at a time. Thanks for joining me on my journey.