I face many struggles in my everyday life; however, this does not stop me from being happy. I find myself often thinking about how I will live on my own. I can do so much, but I need a lot of help; however, I’m improving every day. I find tasks that neurotypical people find easy to be quite difficult but I don’t let that discourage me. I don’t want anyone seeing themselves as less than anyone else. I have come so far, but I still need a lot of adaptations. An example of this is when I do schoolwork. I have not been enjoying going to school in person because I need more silence and help than my peers do. The classes require me to respond more quickly than I can via spelling and my anxiety is too much to tolerate. I am more successful at home with therapists one-on-one. Another adaptation I need is someone to manage medications for me. If I did it myself it could potentially be dangerous. A lot of people with autism need these supports, but we should still be involved in managing our lives and making decisions. I know about my school and health more than anyone. One of my therapists started teaching me about self-advocacy last year because I agreed to everything people chose for me. While it was easier for them, I didn’t feel heard. Having a voice and supports is possible. I encourage you all to find yours.
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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