Autism Awareness Month: A Teen’s Words of Wisdom for Kids and Parents

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Ingrid Simone, Toca Magazine Executive Editor
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Jacob (Jay) is an awesome teen from the D.C. Metro Area. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 7. Jay agreed to do a Q&A with Toca Magazine to talk about the role of technology and play in his life. Meet Jay!

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Jacob (Jay)

Q: What are some of the technology tools that have had a positive impact on your daily life?

A: I play Angry Birds on my phone on the way home from school. I imagine the pigs as all my stress during school, and knocking them down helps me relax. On the weekends I play Xbox.

Q: So you enjoy playing video games and other forms of digital media. Do you feel that kids today have enough time to play?

A: I think playing (video games) is good in moderation. You can get really engrossed in it and exclude the real world. For example, I only play Xbox on the weekends because that is my down time.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to younger kids on the spectrum, what would you like to tell them? What would you like to tell their parents?

A: I would tell other kids, “Don’t panic. If you feel stressed out or different or that others are being mean to you … don’t panic.” I would tell the parents, “Your children are the next stage of evolution — never think of what they have as a mutation but instead as a deviation. They are different not wrong!”

 

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