Leisure is an interesting thing for people with autism. I am often told to pursue more leisure activities. I believe that is a very neurotypical suggestion. My idea of leisure is really different. I enjoy laying in my bed, thinking about my life and future blog posts. Some people with autism enjoy repetitive activities like watching the same thing many times or jumping. I am really into jumping when I have a lot of energy or anxiety. People often tell me to draw on my iPad or do crafts, but to me leisure is supposed to be relaxing. These suggested activities are often stressful and exhausting, even though they are well intentioned. I am learning new skills constantly, so my leisure time should be stress free. People with autism may not look like they are doing much in their free time, but we need more time to relax and regulate ourselves than the average person.
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My name is Mitchell and I am an autistic teen. I want to share my life with the world in hopes that I can bring awareness of what it is like to live with autism. I believe spelling as a form of communication is not well understood and I hope to bring awareness to this lifestyle and change that for autistic people everywhere. I am on the move a lot because it helps me concentrate and apply myself. I don’t think it is a problem, I just think I am different. I want the world to see different as beautiful and not scary like they do now. I know I may not act like everyone else, but that is what makes me awesome! I use a letter board to communicate and I am starting to use a keyboard on my iPad. I hope you enjoy my blog and I would love to hear from you! View all posts by mitchellslifewithautism