Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 11 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Stanislaus of Krakow
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

How one 4th grader explained his autism to classmates (VIDEO)

Sophia Swinford - published on 01/22/18

9-year-old George wanted his classmates to understand his autism, and now the video has gone viral.

“I have fun dancing, I have fun making music, I love to draw and make art, and — wait for it — I have this thing called autism.” This is how George introduced himself in a video for his 4th-grade class. But now the video, originally intended as class assignment, has gone viral.

“The audience was not meant to be a million people,” his mother, Lisa Jolley, told ABC. “The audience was 21 fourth graders so they can see when he’s waiting in line, he can’t stand still. When we’re at recess, he does this.”

The video takes an honest “no non-sense” approach, outlining what George’s autism means to him and why he sometimes acts differently than the other kids. At the end of the video, George encourages his classmates not to be shy in asking him about it, saying, “Don’t be afraid to come ask me about it. No, seriously, it’s okay — just come ask me about it.”

Lisa says she doesn’t see why it needs to be any more complicated than that. “Why not say, ‘Okay, here’s the deal. I have this thing, and this is why I don’t behave the way you do. Does anyone have any questions?'”

Now, their honesty is helping children with autism know that they’re not alone and encouraging everyone to stop being afraid and start asking questions.

You can watch George’s video above.

Children at Church

Read more:
A great visual tool that helps children with autism during Mass

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.