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Children’s Mental Health Week
Article 1 by Lorcan

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Hi, I’m Lorcan, I’m 13 years old and my brother has Autism he is called Oscar and he is 7, and for me lockdown has been difficult because I can’t see friends or go to roller hockey practice ,but I also enjoyed it  as well because I don’t really like going out, I like being at home .

Home learning is very hard! Because sometimes when Oscar is not at school, he can get excited and can be loud, so I can’t focus.

My relationship with my brother Oscar is very good, he comes to get me if he needs help and if he ever wants to play, and he won’t wait .

When mum is working and Oscar needs something, I might need to step in and help, though there are somethings I need my sisters help with and she also helps me out a lot.

If I was going to give any tips to others who have brothers or sisters who are on the spectrum, it would be to do whatever you can and to make sure you make time for yourself to do something you enjoy to have your own time , go on the trampoline or in the garden or exercise, if you are feeling a bit stressed out and it gets too much because it can help you calm down and start again, it can get a bit too much with everyone at home and noisy and it’s good to take a little break and let some feelings out it makes me feel.

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