My story with autism has been different than some others because I also have PANDAS and epilepsy. PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. They cause me to have seizures and difficulty with regulating my behaviors. I am in remission from PANDAS, but it could come back if I get sick. I used to hate everything, but now I am very happy and love life! I think it helped me learn a lot about myself and who I am. It made me pull hair even though I hated doing it, didn’t want to, and I hurt people I loved.
I grew up in Texas and I used to live in Oklahoma. Now I live in Illinois. When I was younger I could talk, but I lost my ability to because I have autism. This is common with autistic people. It took me a long time to learn RPM and it was a lot of work, but it opened up my world. I believe any autistic person who can’t talk would benefit from it. I have learned how to answer questions, tell my needs, express myself, and advocate for myself. I love sharing why I spell to communicate because it is important for people to see how capable we autistics are and it brings me joy to hear other success stories.