i haven’t written anything in AGES.
i had a tough year with my health because the headaches i had about 4 years ago came back. And i have been on medication for them for the last few months. They do manage to keep the headaches away mainly – but the doctors haven’t diagnosed them as anything – just concentrated on getting me pain free. Which they did and i’m glad for it.
i had my first REAL EXAMS this year.
All year- right from the first day we heard about EXAMS. Like every other NEW situation it’s difficult for me, and i have to LEARN it. With exams there were so MANY new ways of testing.
- Someone like me doesn’t work well in a group when am revising.
- I am better off learning as I go than having major end of year tests.
- So in some ways MODULES suit me – breaking the subject into sections.
- but there were so many different types of structure in the exams.
- controlled assessments
- modular exams
- non-modular subjects.
As they have always been my school were INCREDIBLY helpful.
I was off due to my headaches for about a month and lots of isolated days, BUT the school spent a good two weeks with me ONE-to-ONE with a teacher until i had caught up in EVERY subject to an extent where i could go back into classes.
- In exams i had a room on my own where it was quiet.
- I could take a drink or a headache tablet.
- i was with my own classroom assistant so it felt “normal”and calm.
- i avoided the formality of the exam hall.
- i had extra time.
- they really have done everything they could to help me so far!
i have made a LOT of FRIENDS this year. And i have kind of become part of a good large group which i am happy with – people in my school and NOT.. i know it is hard to remember i used to say “but i can’t” when i was trying to learn to become a friend…..
- They ALL look out for me, as they know I’m autistic – i STILL think that is one of the safest ways to be with people. UNDERSTOOD!
- They don’t treat me differently- i get slagged just the same as everyone else does. But now i know it means i amn’t hated or being victimized.
- When i was in hospital a lot of them visited so have met my mum and dad.
- The big group is good cos we are all friends and we all make sure nobody is left out.
i KNOW i will ALWAYS be different. – but that’s okay.
i KNOW new situations will always arise, but so far i have used them to LEARN how to exist with non-aspies. So if i keep learning from them, I will hopefully find life easier.
i KNOW i have lots of new situations some will be more difficult than others cause i have friends but more IMPORTANTLY I have got to this point by being helped, by my parents and my family. I know to ASK for help before a small issue becomes a MAJOR meltdown or crisis.
Mam and Dad made it their JOB to “get me” when i was only 4… and both
“explain me to the world” and
“explain the world to me“.
That is how i feel so okay being my way!
I’m a geek on IMDB and movie trivia so all aspies please keep using your specialist interests to help you out socially
NOW i don’t stand out about being different…but if you look closely there will ALWAYS be little clues.
I am keeping my blog OPEN, but I am not going to be writing for a while.
I have made a lot of friends and had a lot of incredible experiences due to my blog – like my Packie Bonner interview on the John Murray show.
I am keeping it open as so many people have said it helped them at times over the years especially in understanding their children.
Meanwhile i am off to be “autistic and proud ” as i always was.
autistic and proud.
this was the card we got Fionn aged 16…you have to look harder now to find the different one, and that’s how it is.