“I’m a kid just like you”: 9-year-old explains autism in viral video

“I'm a kid just like you”: 9-year-old explains autism in viral video

When George Yionoulis’ fourth-grade trainer requested if he’d be comfy making a presentation at school to elucidate his autism, the 9-year-old boy jumped on the concept. As a substitute of merely standing in entrance of the room and speaking about himself, Yionoulis determined to supply his very personal music video — and now it is going viral.
“He would not essentially know the way far it is reached,” George’s mother, Lisa Jolley, informed CBS Information. “He did not do that to turn into a YouTube sensation.”
However that is precisely what occurred.
The fourth-grader from Raleigh, North Carolina, initially made the six-minute video to share along with his 21 classmates at Douglas Elementary. He wished to elucidate why he could reply to conditions in another way than others.
“Typically he’ll go excessive responding to one thing or he’ll get upset at school and different youngsters do not essentially know how you can cope with it,” Jolley defined. “It takes him longer to course of data — to see the large image. Why ought to I be quiet? Why do I’ve to take a seat for thus lengthy whereas class goes? What we try to illustrate is that he has a lot in his head.”
However on the finish of the day, as George reminded his pals within the video, “I am a child identical to you.”
George says he loves music, dancing, “Harry Potter,” Minecraft and tacos.
“I like having enjoyable identical to you, so for those who ever see me taking part in on my own it would not essentially imply I do not wish to play with you, too,” George mentioned within the video.

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Whereas he could have related pursuits as different youngsters his age, George defined that his character could also be a bit completely different. Typically, he has a tough time focusing.
“Like a number of different youngsters with autism I won’t have been wanting, however that did not imply I wasn’t listening,” George mentioned. “Talking of listening, I can hear a number of issues and sounds all on the identical time, which generally makes it laborious to deal with anybody sound or thought. That is why it could take just a little extra time to reply you if you ask me a query.”
He additionally tends to take what individuals say actually.
“Which means for those who say sit, you would possibly discover one much less chair in your classroom,” George mentioned. “If you happen to say it is raining cats and canine, I would suppose, ‘Oh, I am getting a pet!'”
George can also be very empathetic, his mother added.
“He feels all the things. He is a really previous soul,” she mentioned.
Jolley was so pleased with George’s video, which his dad, Michael Yionoulis, helped edit, that she determined to add it onto YouTube and her private Fb web page. Inside days the video began to take off. As of Tuesday night, greater than 23,000 individuals have watched the video on YouTube alone.
“It is wonderful to se how many individuals it has touched,” Jolley mentioned. “And his class beloved it. They’ve been, in response to his trainer, been taking it to coronary heart and having extra persistence with him.”
George was identified with autism when he was 2 years previous.
“We had him evaluated for a speech delay. He wasn’t speaking, so it actually got here out of nowhere for us,” Jolley mentioned. “He was so partaking and heat. I assumed, ‘He cannot presumably have this.'”
As a father or mother of a newly identified baby with autism, Jolley admitted, at first, she was misplaced.
“Every part you deliberate for goes out the window. However now I understand it is not out the window, its simply shifted. It is in one other a part of your home,” she defined.
She hopes George’s video helps different dad and mom like herself and youngsters like George to know that it is OK to be completely different. And those that haven’t got autism, Jolley says, can learn to be extra inclusive.
“Do not be afraid to return ask me about it,” George suggested his classmates. “Severely, it is OK — simply come ask me about it. I am a child identical to you.”