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aspergers is like learning ALL the time!


Aspergers IS like learning ALL the time….
written this day last year. …and as relevant today!

Originally posted on autisticandproud:

aspergers – learning ALL the time!

aspergers – is really Learning ALL the time!

when i was this Fionn – i had so much things i was not able to do.Fermanagh-20130314-00186

i looked sad but i can’t really remember anything i can only remember how SCARED i was going in every day to school. I was SCARED of everybody more or less. Everybody else in the room seemed to be HAPPY like they understood each other – and i really did not!

mam and dad when i got diagnosed put a LOT of time cos they decided that they wanted the best chance for me to do my BEST in the non-aspergers world. At the beginning that meant they had to do things that i was NOT COMFORTABLE with but after a while i got used to them. They spent lots of time explaining life to you…and now i am SO…

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Fermanagh Autism information – thanks.

Mum’s friend Elizabeth tagged her on this. on their facebook page Fermanagh Autism Information

Fionn lives in Enniskillen. He also attends secondary school in the town. In this blog he talks about Aspergers and the challenges of a new year at school.
This, and his other blogs, are very much worth a read. Please share.
Reading first hand accounts of these challenges and how our young people feel about them can really help us understand how best to support them, particularly through school.

Our Friend and Frequent Blogger, Fionn Hamill, writes on the challenges of change in the new school year from his point of view, as a student with Autism Life: Life
When i gave it to Asiam i posted it on my page with a bit more complaint in the title…

WHY DOES EVERY THING HAVE TO CHANGE…when you are used to it?.

WHY DOES EVERY THING HAVE TO CHANGE…when you are used to it?


by Fionn


WHY DOES EVERY THING HAVE TO CHANGE…when you are used to it?.

Adam Harris, and his aspergers site Asiam.ie  are friends of ours. Sometimes Adam asks me to write something, or sometimes to go somewhere to an opening event.. but i ALWAYS try to help out. This time he wanted me to write about the new year…


Life is overall good with me. it is though difficult. That’s just me being ME- means it’s difficult sometimes. it just seems that there are ALWAYS changes in what i know about, and i have to keep adjusting to new behaviours, new challenges and stuff. And for me, i have to take more time to adjust, and it takes mum and dad’s help – and i know that i don’t mean that in a babyish way, but i will always need help to learn how to ADAPT socially, and stay SAFE and HAPPY as i grow older.


THIS is a bit ironic. When i was younger i had no idea how to make friends – learned that, and it really did change my life.

i now have LOTS of friends from all sorts of places: football, pantomime, choir, school, town, going to matches.

The problem now is a social media.

in REAL LIFE i understand what is a good friend:

  • people only need a few REAL friends
  • who you could trust to be there for you 100%
  • who would be there if i needed them
  • who would help me if i needed them.

then there are lots of people you enjoy chatting. They are friends, but you don’t them in the same way.

and THEN there is SNAPCHAT. I am not the only person who talks to people on snapchat that they don’t know in real life. BUT every so often i need to remember that i only know these people casually, like i don’t know who they rally are, or where from, or any details. but its ok.

But for someone like me, i have to keep SAFE RULES online and in REALITY, and be really careful with keeping a good friend with me.

Back to school:

Before going back to school  every year, everybody worries about it a bit. Autistic people worry more than others do – as they like to know everything that will be there in ADVANCE.

This year is year 11 – so its a transition from Key Stage 3 to 4:

  • new class – form group
  • new teachers
  • new timetable
  • less subjects
  • DOUBLE CLASSES- is really hard.
  • new folders
  • new uniform
  • new rules.
  • some boys in my class i do not know at all.

My classroom assistant is the same – which is a RELIEF. I t means she can still keep an eye out for me, and be there if i need help with work, homework or anything like that especially organisation

i hate that the classes have to change, cos you have a group of boys for 3 years who get to know you and then you split that up. I was dreading this. Last week a few of my friends told me they knew their classes, and the weird thing was they were right- and that annoyed me, cos i didn’t have a clue who was in mine.

YESTERDAY i got a phone call from the Special Needs Guy in school Mr O who told me my class names, my new teachers so that i wouldn’t be shocked or disappointed the next day i suppose.


TODAY was all right, i was prepared – that makes me feel a bit more relaxed.

I don’t panic as much in the school if like today i wasn’t sure WHERE to go first thing, but now that i am so used to the school, i just went to the foyer and a load of my friends were there and they were all checking the new class lists…and teasing each other about who got the worst group!.

So in my new form class i have 3 or 4 i feel totally comfortable with from my old class. There are not many in the group who i will have difficulties getting on with. But overall it’s good enough :

it’s not FANTASTIC – it’s not BAD.

I got into all the subjects i picket- and I am happy enough with the teachers i got- except for maybe one subject (which of course i am not going to say which one it is, in case one of my teachers is reading this, but probably not) but HOPEFULLY that will work out too.

  • There are organising changes
  • I will find it really hard to concentrate in double classes :(
  • work in folders
  • file pages to SORT into sections – i will hate
  • hard back books
  • 6 new teachers to get used to! – i HATE changing teachers when i get used to them.

This will cause me bother as my organisation is pretty bad, and that’s a lot of change from just using exercise books. and having all the nice colour coded stuff. NOW i don’t have it :(

There is a new really well laid out diary from school to home – room for info on each subject and a how the day went section. our school is REALLY helpful that way cos without mrs D book i would be lost!

I’m nervous about even the new timetable.

Like on some days i can so few subjects, but MORE of the ones that i have. That will i think, be a challenge for my concentration- and i know i have to adapt. If it is a problem I can move up closer to the teacher. Plus Mrs D is probably on extra alert when there is a lot of new stuff.

It is going to take me a while to get it right but i kinda have to get it right soon enough.

WHY DOES EVERY THING HAVE TO CHANGE…when you are used to it?

from Fionn


managing CHANGES with aspergers.

DEFINITELY a tricky time for Fionn and us, folks.
Social networking is FRIGHTENING.
The concepts of what a “teenager” is supposed to be.
and ENORMOUS jump in the standard of school work, from i love this subject and i am picking it, to i HATE such-and-such it is so different this year – due to it now being an EXAM subject. We were delighted when Fionn agreed (as he always does) to Adam Harris’s request to blog about going back to school this term,

which, as he wrote it explored ALL of the ISSUES which I suppose are in the mixing pot aged 15. So the post became about CHANGES, and the challenges of facing so many changes.  

the post fionn wrote for Asiam.ie – CHANGES

As mum, I’d say this is the biggest LIFE TRANSITION that Fionn has gone through …and we are spending a LOT of time talking, checking, explaining and just trying to keep him safe and happy.

CHANGE and ability to change is not natural or easy with autism, and when a lot of things are changing around you at once it is a period of stress and HUGE challenge. So although remaining at school, there is a transition here – both due to school section, AND age… the teens!

Wondering perhaps if we should start a new blog called moodswings.com :) ?

We are all in it together… as we are with each of our children…and so far …we are managing the MANY, many changes around and affecting Fionn!




A few years ago i won an award for blogging.

For writing about ME and my experiences.

It always feels pretty good to win an award. it makes me feel privileged i guess.

It also feels weird i suppose cos like that must mean my blog is helpful to some people.

THIS time it was an EDUBLOG award – an award for educating people about something.

winner_best_student_blog (1)The really weird thing is this is a WORLD-wide award. The local paper wrote about it – but they said national when it was international…but i didn’t really mind.

Fionn-Blog Award

Mum noticed a lot of people reading my blog recently, and we noticed edublogs had sent them to mu page.

NOW we know why.

EDUBLOGS is teaching people the point of teaching pupils to set up their own blogs, and the cool bit is they name me in their world wide examples of students blogs:)

Thankyou EDUBLOGS… (and by the way i am 15 now :) )

PS: to students who are reading. you should DO the BLOG if you are wondering! My blogging has got me on the radio, got me to meet some famous people, and got me to keep explaining what it feels like to be ME…i guess!


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What teachers should know about aspergers


It is back to school time.
This is a post just with a few things that would help teachers and people who have aspergers settle into the classroom in Fionn’s opinion.
Written Sept 2014 aged 14

Originally posted on autisticandproud:

What teachers should know about aspergers

Teachers sometimes do not understand aspergers. Over the years i have had some brilliant teachers and some who don’t teach in a way aspies can benefit. They don’t do it deliberately but if they understood it would be a lot more easy to teach us. And there are some things that teachers could do to make it more easy for us to learn.

( by the way i LIKE all my teachers ! this isn’t directed at any of you! )

A few are……..

  • Not letting us sit on our knees, that is a comfortable position.
  • Not letting us walk around in class, we must always be active.
  • Not letting us fidget with our hands.
  • A lot of us like to doodle or draw squiggly lines, teachers don’t like that.
  • Keep an eye that we understand
  • Sometimes our faces and bodies give small teachersclues…

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some things about  people who have aspergers are similar to all of us. One of those is we have SPECIAL interests in things.

It’s not like a normal interest, you feel like you have to like know everything about it!

The awkward thing would be if your interests were about the same things when you are 15 as they were when you were 5. MINE changed thoughout the years (thankfully)

Originally it was :

  • Star Wars
  • Batman and Spiderman
  • Doctor Who – like even I could name all the doctors and have videos of each of them, and know th difference in the way the title music changed through the years
  • Liververpool – and the history of the club,,,and who played where in what year.
  • IMDB – this is not something i do all day but when i do, i remember ratings, weird details on tiny appearances by, and i remember the small details….
  • Crewe!

It was difficult and still is, when i find something really funny or interesting i  be DYING to tell everyone…and that could be really embarrasing if my interest was still Star Wars! Bit when i am on the playstation or facebook or whatever and i see something that I FIND FUNNY, I HAVE to call mum or dad to see them. And they always shout in: “Fionn is this important or are you being autistic?” – usually I am being autistic!

I think it is ok if you are into something a bit different, as long as like I keep it in proportion, and keep it a bit quiet, and try not to talk too much about it and bore other people. But you kind of learn those rules about your autistic traits. You can still totally be yourself but just keep the specialist subject sort of not an addiction (like my phone!!)

mum and dad tried as i was too young to know it would be a problem to keep me getting new, a  bit more age appropriate specialist topics as i grew up.

i know LOADS about Crewe. I got into CREWE in 2012 – by playing FIFA. I played a game as Crewe, and I won a few games, an then a tournament…and without meaning to, i stated to get really into CREWE Alexandra.

I am probably the only person I know who likes CREWE. And i get loads of slagging when they lose. but everyone keeps quiet when they win. I have and i wear 2 home jerseys, 2 goalie jerseys, a training top and a polo top! And YES i get a million questions when i wear them but i don’t care.

It’s really annoying that i have to jut following them on the rolling news or the odd comment on BBC sport. but i know and be interested when every match is on. I can get very worked up when bad things happen them – like when they nearly got relegated last year.

Me and Crewe

My mum tweets a bit. A BIT????? try again. MY MUM TWEETS A LOT. more than a healthy amount. BUT when she posted about Me and Crewe, some crewe followers showed their team spirit, and were totally awesome to me.  Like these are peopl that mum has never met- or me.

Graham sent me a SIGNED JERSEY  by all the players and their manager.

Thanks to Graham- i now have a Crewe top 11219366_791170174332880_9066654253397413305_n

Ken sent me a FULL TEAM poster.

Nicola Cooper- is a bit cooler. cos @nicspics is the official crewe photographer – and when she contacted mum… i was shouting ” unless she is called nicspics or something she is not the real one- and she follows me on instagram” :) but nic has sent so many cool pics to me this week it is brilliant. nicspics

AND she got Brad Inman to follow me…:) and that’s really cool.

it seems everyone who like Crewe seems to be nice.

i NEED to go to a crewe game sometime, and Nic has said she would help me get to meet a few players :)


PS. today the post delivered a match program from last week’s game from Stuart. – another twitter fan. It came form Holland? Dad taped the goals and I agree…we should have won :(