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
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