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Jungle Book

If you are looking for a family movie, other than a Christmas film this season, consider The Jungle Book. Both Jeni, and I, thought this was a good way of explaining some of the common experiences of an autistic person by linking them to the song “King of the Swingers”.

Now I’m the king of the swingers

Oh, the jungle VIP

I’ve reached the top and had to stop

And that’s what botherin’ me

Burnout is using up all your energy. Thinking can have as much of an effect as exercise. Resting is important, to recharge your batteries.

I wanna be a man, mancub

And stroll right into town

And be just like the other men

I’m tired of monkeyin’ around!

Your mind can reinforce that you should be like others. Especially if you are being singled out for your differences. It’s hard to just be yourself, but there will be people that like you for you, don’t forget that.

Oh, oobee doo

I wanna be like you

I wanna walk like you

Talk like you, too

You’ll see it’s true

An ape like me

Can learn to be human too

This sums up masking very well, our advice will always be, if you can, be true to you.

Now don’t try to kid me, mancub

I made a deal with you

What I desire is man’s red fire

To make my dream come true

Give me the secret, mancub

Clue me what to do

Give me the power of man’s red flower

So I can be like you

Being autistic can feel isolating, like your lacking the warmth that others get. The friendships and relationships, they will be out there, they just may take longer to find. However they can also be much stronger and very comforting when you do find it.

All our best and love

Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern

Words – Ross Fraser

Graphic Design App – Canva

In association with Service Graphics and Hoe Grange Holidays, Derbyshire.

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Ross Fraser
Ross Fraser

Inclusion is so important, especially this time of year. However, that only comes with understanding. We recognise that can be more difficult for children. However, explaining autism in this way is gentle and provides some family time too.

P.S. Disney’s Jungle Book is my wife’s favourite movie.

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