Interviewing An Autistic – Taekwondo Athlete (Collaboration w/ JuiceMyRandomness)

Interviewing An Autistic – Taekwondo Athlete (Collaboration w/ JuiceMyRandomness)



hi I'm Thomas Henley and I'm on the autistic spectrum I've come here to talk about some of the common topics around autism dispel some of the stigmas and provide new outlooks maybe people haven't thought about I'm currently a student at the University of Manchester studying biomedical scientists I'm also a successful Taekwondo athlete competing for GB at the under-21 European Championships and every more myself a Commonwealth gold medal I've only been on YouTube for a short time and a lot of what I do is make videos about mental health and autism for people both on and off the autistic spectrum I enjoy helping people and I do a lot of work within primary schools and within the university the most important thing for me is showing people the reasons for our actions helping people understand it's actually not a disease but something to understand better in the future so Thomas you are autistic what does that mean to you autism to me means difference particularly difference between cause and neurotypical people which are people nominate is a spectrum that can mean anything from the way that we communicate to the way that we think the way that we you know socialize with people the way that we go about our daily lives the reasons behind doing things it's different for each person on the autistic spectrum it's something that I think it's important for people to understand so Thomas do you ever get treated differently when people find out that you're autistic a lot of the time when I tell someone that I'm autistic they'll you know send a Rigler think wow I didn't really know you how to autism how does it affect you I don't really understand it that well and usually what I do tell someone that I have autism it's because I don't understand something or maybe it's something that I want them to change in order for us to you know get on better a lot of people they don't really change how they communicate with me and stuff which is a bit more difficult and obviously it's quite complicated and people really don't understand it as well which is a view that I have that maybe is a bit controversial but Thomas you don't look autistic well when I hear that it kind of you know grates on me a little bit there's no physical like differences between us and maybe someone on the interesting spectrum but I've learned to kind of understand that people you know it's really hard to understand I've only really understood it recently it's more or less that they don't really know it's a lot for me when I look at someone I can tell whether they're on the autistic spectrum or not you know the eye contact the way that we talk the way that we communicate the things that we do I sing the corners and the stuff women go to social events and there's are some things that we pick up in each other which maybe people notices bedroom fantasy how does autism affect your communication with others quite a lot quite a lot that's the simple answer especially when you're grown stuff it makes us really it's really hard to put ourselves in other people's shoes I I don't particularly like small talk I don't understand the reason behind small talk and stuff I find it really boring I like meaning behind conversation and a lot of the time everything that we do has to be justified logically sells so even our own emotions or people's emotions the thing is with social interaction and communicating with people is you can't really always justify logically because it's not something that's completely dead set which can be quite confusing so do you struggle with forming bonds and relationships personally is something that I struggle with a lot I have been able to form relationships and bonds and friendships with people and over the years but you're right it makes it a lot more difficult to do that kind of thing trying to understand other people which is a big thing especially when were younger the main limitation for me and is you know that kind of their view of me and their ability to understand me things like long-term relationships especially things you know that you can't really suppress all the time that maybe I do and there is you know bit difference or how other people work and how people communicate like being directs and not avoiding all the kind of body language and facial expressions that people use and taking in situations to account while we're talking I haven't really mastered it completely but it hasn't put any limits on my ability so I've made quite a few friends and had quite a few relationships and I think I've been doing do you have any triggers loud noises contact anything like that feel like triggers is aware that you use when kids that young girl or some react to Finglas I personally don't have set triggers I don't hear some hear some noise have it's more different sounds different stuff so especially just background noise there's kind of things they do cause anxiety but that anxiety is more of Hill after a while and if I don't get like a break that's when I can have like meltdowns panic attacks have you ever had any comments made about your autism that's made you laugh annoyed you pissed you are when people they'll say you're not like you know or some other really badly we're referring to people who are quite low functioning autism where daily life is very stressful for them I find that kind of quite offensive I know that people don't really understand me well but it obsessed me because people don't understand it in reality our minds and our mindset not the way that we think is a very similar to someone who is maybe low functioning autism you know people kind of undermine us like it no no a big deal which I think this is quite helpful because it is a big part of our lives and it it does cause a lot of stress it's just that we've learnt to cover it up and learn to use different ways of you know acting like we're not autistic what advice would you give to someone that may be struggling with their autism don't treat it like it's an illness or an ailment that's just gonna put you down because it's not a disease it is you is you are autistic it's it's like you know saying you are human it's not a bad thing and although there are a lot of things that make it more difficult to fit in a lot of the time when were younger we want to change that because it makes it easier it makes easy to people to accept us and by changing yourself so going through psychologists going through schools they're going to give you ways to fitting again to try and suppress you your stimming which you know is quite good you can help with anxiety I used to just like spinning a circle when I was anxious and stuff and it really helped my anxiety and now when I'm older I would like to do that still me but it's been so ingrained into my head that I can't do it that I don't and I you know struggle with anxiety don't go into that stuff do try and understand people don't try and block people out you need to be very patient trying to understand people who are not only autistic spectrum need to be patient trying to understand your emotions spends as much as much time as you want try and understand emotions trying to justify and logically trying to think of ways of helping people empathize with your situation analogies anything like that helps people understand if you could sum up autism in just a few words what words would you use different crappy difficult so Thomas I have a magic pill for you right if you take it your autism will disappear to be like everybody else Wow I don't want to I don't want to take this good you could be normal you know you don't have to stop with autism anymore well yeah I guess there are a lot of negatives to having autism I think all of those negatives come from about that societies built for people that I would never think that there would be any jerk to this kind of thing I don't think there's an ease so have any cure for it the only thing that's needed is you know a bit of integration between people on and off the autistic sweater there are some negatives there's a high rate of anxiety there's a lot higher rate of suicide people with autism which is you know quite a big thing a lot of that is due to you know not understanding them stuff like that a lot of it is you know due to different changes in our brain structure and the way that I think now I could not imagine not thinking the way that I do now and I feel like if I didn't have autism I will not be the same person you know that's quite scary I don't want that so no I'm not gonna I'm gonna take that so thank you very much for that Thomas felt hopefully people that watch this may have some follow-up questions and they can drop you a message on your channel which I will link below be very happy to awesome right I will see you later all right thank you very much girl see you later so Thomas have you ever had any comments about your Oh Sir Thomas have you ever had any comments made about your age

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