Exposure’s autistic author Max Ferreira expresses how young people like him remain busy and safe during the pandemic
Unexpected changes can be scary for young people with autism And Covid-19 really crumbled our world with confusion and complications No socialising, no facilities, no plans and the end nowhere in sight So we have to stay home and wait for further updates.
Better safe than sorry, but then comes the question What can we do from here until that day comes? Let’s go for a stroll on the path to positivity To help unwind your mind.
Try activities packed with wonder, charm and entertainment Like playing family games and expanding your creativity Watch something new or perhaps read a book that contains curiosity, fantasy and familiarity.
Activities that make me happy. Photo by Max Ferreira.
Having a sensory ornament like a motion timer can help level your nerves Like adapting to unfamiliar methods of virtual learning and meet-ups Also time your online activity and avoid isolation as much as possible.
But let’s not forgot about the great outdoors, as well as indoors Don’t overthink about rule-breakers and limitations around you Going on a simple walk in the fresh air is what we need for our system Bringing refreshment, refinement and reflection to you and others in your life.
And finally, with simple cleanliness, sensibility and guidance We will get through this different normal As we are all in this together on the path to positivity.
Our thanks to Thrive LDN’s Right To Thrive grant scheme for making this project possible.
Now working in retail, Max Ferreira is a creative author. A regular at Exposure, his autism helps him develop special creative ideas. He has published a series of stories about his experiences with autism available on Kindle.