I'd like to tell you a bit about myself. I like playing in the water, going to the park, and dogs. I'm 10 years old, but I'll be turning eleven soon! And you know what I want the most for my birthday? The gift of speech. Or maybe happiness. Peace of mind would be great, too. You see, I have something called Autism. This makes me not be able to talk. It makes it hard to have friends ... they won't give me a chance because I'm "different.” They just laugh at how I flop around my hands and at other involuntary movements I can't control. Autism makes me really sad. Not being able to communicate really stinks. All of this can cause me to hit myself in frustration and totally freak out, which can get pretty scary. Autism makes me super sensitive to sounds, lights, and crowds ... so I can't get out much. My autism also makes me wander off sometimes, which is super dangerous. But the worst part is that I can't help it. Life for me is pretty hard.