'This is what it's like': boy's video about life with autism

YouTube: Lisa Jolley
YouTube: Lisa Jolley  

George Yionoulis is a nine-year-old boy with autism who wanted his classmates to understand more about his life.

So, when the opportunity came up to make a video about himself for a school project, he did just that.

Now, the US student's six-minute video has gone viral.

In the video, the budding DJ, explained how autism impacted him most.

"I didn't speak until I was almost three years old, in fact my parents weren't sure if I would ever speak at all," he said in the video, that's now been watched nearly 100,000 times on YouTube.

"Most of the time I can make eye contact with you when you speak to me. That wasn't always the case. Like a lot of other kids with autism I might not have been looking, but that didn't mean I wasn't listening.

"Speaking of listening, I can hear and see a lot of things and sounds all at the same time which sometimes makes it hard to focus on any one sound or thought. That's why it may take a little more time to answer you when you ask me a question.

"I also tend to take what people say literally. That means that if you say 'take a seat' you might find one less chair in your classroom."


He described how he gets enthusiastic about lots of things, but is also easily frustrated when things don't go to plan.

"Sometimes I get so frustrated that I get more upset than most people would for longer than most people should.

"I might get too loud or I might scream.

"Don't be afraid to come ask me about it."

He wanted the kids in his class to know that despite their differences, they all shared a lot in common.

"I'm a kid just like you and most kids are different in our own ways, right?" he said.

"I like having fun just like you, so if you ever see me playing by myself, it doesn't necessarily mean that I don't want to play with you too. I always want to play with you.

"I like the same stuff you do. I think farts are hilarious, but not all the time. I like Harry Potter. My Singing Monsters, Minecraft and tacos."

His mum Lisa Jolley, who uploaded the video, told WTVD the reaction has been incredible.

"The feedback we're getting is, 'I showed this to my 6-year-old who has autism, I showed this to my 12-year-old who has autism, and they're going, 'Me too, and we could be friends!'" she said.

And as for George, he "loves" the attention he's received since sharing the video.