Autistic girl draws character to face loneliness and anxiety when changing schools

Autistic girl draws character to face loneliness and anxiety when changing schools

The 11-year-old Briton Jessi felt fear and worry as she went from early to late elementary school;tired of hiding her emotions, she turned them into cartoons, which she shares on Facebook

"The mask (represents) how scared I was about moving from first grade to second grade," says Jessi, 11Jessi C'ArtoonThe British Jessi Crowther is 11 years old and often wore a mask to go to school.The mask was not visible to her classmates and teachers, but it had a smile that hid what Jessi felt inside: stress and anxiety.Starting the second phase of elementary school is difficult for many pre-teens, and the barriers can be even greater for children with autism, such as Jessi.And to deal with these difficulties, she went on to draw herself wearing a smiling mask, but crying behind the facade of joy."The mask (represents) how scared I was about moving from elementary school to high school," she tells the BBC."I decided not to hide my feelings anymore. My father even cried when he saw (the drawing), he said he was very touched."The impact of the drawings eventually went beyond expectations, says Jessi."When I posted the drawing on my Facebook page, a friend's mother left a ...


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