In this Newsround Special, 13-year-old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what it’s like to grow up with autism – a condition which affects how children see life, and the way they relate to others around them. With the help of beautifully crafted animation, Rosie introduces other children who have the condition: Tony, who gets totally obsessed with things but struggles to make friends, Ben, who has suffered from terrible bullying, and Rosie’s own little brother Lenny, who turns the house upside-down daily to try and make sense of things. These children tell their own stories in their own words to give a vivid and moving insight into what it’s like to be autistic.
It’s a condition that affects the way you live your life and see the world around you.
Our presenter Rosie was born with autism. She says even though living with it is difficult, it makes her unique and who she is. As well as telling her own story, you’ll find out how Ben, Tony and Lenny are affected by the condition. Lots of children with autism get bullied at school and can find it hard to get jobs when they grow up. In our special film Rosie wants to tell the world what autism is and what it’s like to live with it.