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Irish boy explains his life with autism in touching video

April 19, 2016

Shawn, an Irish boy with autism, talks about his life for Autism Awareness Month in a video shared by his uncle on Facebook that has been viewed over 280,000 times

He talks about his communications difficulties, and how he's overcome them.

"Some kids with autism have sensory difficulties, some don't have very good social skills, unlike neurotypical [kids]. Stuff like loud noises and loud music just really get to me. Stuff like personal space, I don't like people when they go too close... it makes me a bit uncomfortable."

His suggestions to help people with autism?

"One of the most important things is be understanding. Try to let them in to your activities. Always use literal language, never be sarcastic."

Watch his video above.