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
  • practicals
  • 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.

by Fionn 🙂

aged 16.

autistic and proud.

same

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.  

Helen x

 

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