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The second thing that I wanted to talk about before I get down to the nitty gritty of autism is that this book is written in a way that most teenagers don't seem to know, which is correct English, so I'm not going to use slang. An interesting point on this however is that, from my experience anyway, is that people with autism tend to speak like this, so it will also hopefully make things easier to understand for the majority of people.

The last thing that I wanted to say was that, some people out there that tell you that autism is something you should be ashamed of and to hide in a corner from the rest of the world. I have only one thing to say to this. Bull****. Sure autism isn't something which you should be shouting from the top of the roof about, but you shouldn't be ashamed of it either, and you most certainly shouldn’t hide yourself away because of it! Autism is more like a challenge, which is gifted by life to those of us that it deems strong enough, heroic enough, to cope with, and to rise above. So no matter what other people tell you, don't hide away from autism, learn to embrace it, and use it to your advantage. People told me not to write this book, but hey, look what I’ve gone and done, written it! And do you know what harm it caused me (apart from one or two long nights!)? None!

So, now that I’ve said all that I’m going to say, I invite you to read on into the belly of this book, and I hope that reading will help you as much as it helped me writing it!

Now if you’re anything like me, then you’re going to have no idea what autism is, apart from a real pain in the proverbial. So, I'm going to take out all the completed science terms that can be really confusing and try my best to convert them into some form of sensible English that can be understood by anyone.

Just what exactly is autism?

Autism is a mental defect in your brain, which means that the clever part of your brain is often really good at making you clever; other areas aren't quite so good at their job. Autism, is as I’m sure that you will have guessed by now, leads to you not being able to make friends as well as other people, and it means that you also have issues talking to people that you don't know. To make this easier I’m going to give a situation, and describe how a normal person acts and how someone who has autism acts. It might be good to show this section to your parents if they need help understanding what autism is.

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