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In Deep Water – A Story About Autism

In Deep Water – A Story About Autism

I walked into the house after a school day. I then threw off my things and rushed to my bedroom. My adventure had just begun. I was plunged into the deep ocean full of smiling rocks and waving colourful coral. My eyes widened as I stared into the distance and saw something.

What was it?

Swimming over, my mind filled with joy blocking out any awful thoughts or arguments that had happened during the day.  I saw what it was, there in the distance was an orange octopus wearing a suit, tie and a top hat embellished with bubbles. A slimy tentacle wrapped around me and showed me a mysterious archway.

My smile emerged as I curiously swam through the starfish covered arch as I saw playful turtles swimming in a strong vast current. As seaweed danced and seahorses wrapped their tails together or on kelp, I saw the most amazing sight.

A castle of gold with seashell turrets. The turquoise doors beckoned me inside, they were as heavy as a herd of fully – grown elephants. My strength was pushed to its limits but I actually opened them and I took one step inside.  I tried to move my foot again but it was stuck in what appeared to be an unbeatable field of red anemones latching onto my feet.

There was also this ear burning shriek in the room. Why was this hard?  What was at the end? I moved the foot behind me further forward with a hope to free myself but it didn’t. So I used my hands to pull my legs out and it worked, this laborious strategy worked all the way through. In just a short amount of time, I was all the way across the field and into the next room.

“Phew,” I thought the awful ear-splitting shriek had disappeared and I slammed the barnacle-covered door. I then turned around to see a coral room with murals of the crashing waves on the walls.

At the centre was a throne decorated with all the wonders of the sea like pearls and coral. Sitting on it was a mermaid with a bob of red hair; a turquoise tail; a seashell covered top and a crown on her head.

Her welcoming smile lit up the whole room and her green eyes were emeralds of the deep. I swam over to her and we both introduced ourselves, she told me I could tell her all of my worries and I did. I felt much happier now like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I was as light as a feather as a storm of bubbles lifted me back to my room.


I am a ten-year-old girl with Asperger’s a type of autism.  This is how I feel after being at school all day holding worries inside and struggling to understand the world.  The obstacles I face represent how difficult it is for me to share my worries.