9-Year-Old Explains Her Autism During School'south Morning Announcements

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 0:41 AM

Keira Meikus, nine, explained what it'south love having autism during her school'south morning announcements on April seven. "She'south thrilled," Keira'south mom, Sarah Charles of Hoover, Alabama, told ABC News.

9-Year-Old Explains Her Autism During School'south Morning Announcements

An AL fourth grader is being praised by her school of four hundred fifty students after giving a powerful speech about being on the autism spectrum.

Keira Meikus, nine, explained what it'south love having autism during her school'south morning announcements on April seven.

"She'south thrilled," Keira'south mom, Sarah Charles of Hoover, Alabama, told ABC News. "I don't know that she really understands the impact that she'south making. She'south still very young. She calls autism her superpower. That'south just portion of who she's and that'south just one piece of her that makes her special.

"We're incredibly proud," she added. "We knew she was made to shine and she'south shining at 9."

Charles, thirty-four, said Keira was diagnosed with autism when she was four years old.

"It was a challenging time," Charles said. "It was very scary because I wasn't sure what we'd do. I wondered how life would be for her and if she'd be able to do all the things we hoped for her and all the things her older sister could do.

"She just found out a year ago that she'd something called autism," she added. "We never named it for her before then. She'south still learning about it."

Keira, who'south a learner at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Homewood, Alabama, isn't shy about having autism, her mother said.

In fact, she was pleased to notify her fellow students of what it'south love being on the spectrum during a speech she delivered to the whole school latest week for April'south Autism Awareness Month.

Keira'south speech read, in part:

"I've autism. I'm love you. I go to school, I get tests, I look TV, I love music and playing with my friends. I'm also different than you. Some noises damage me, I flap my hands when I obtain excited or overwhelmed. I don't always create eye contact when I should, and I don't always know when someone is being serious or joking.

"I can't speak for everyone who's autism, but I'm sure most wish what every typical person wants -- to be accepted and to belong...."

Since Keira gave her speech, Charles said she'south heard from a bunch of fellow parents who praised Keira for her courage.

"My absolute favorite portion of her speech is 'I'm love you,'" Charles said. "They [children with autism] wish the same things. When you ask Keira what she wants to be when she grows up, she wants to be a mom ... there are many similarities and it doesn't always have to focus on the difference."

"A lot of her speech therapy this year has been focusing on communicating with other people and socializing and she’south been working on it really hard," Keira'south instructor Andrea Smith told ABC News. "It's been a grand step for her and to have the kids be so accepting of it helps them create sure that she feels included- to play with them and interact with them, which is all she wants in the first space is to be a portion of the group."

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