Back again

Sorry that I haven’t blogged in awhile, I have been acclimating to my freshman year of high school. I have had some hard times and some good times. I was getting very anxious and upset in some of the regular ed classes I was in. Autism found it hard to deal with the expectations to stay quiet and sit still. I didn’t want to disturb anyone and felt eminent conspicuous. Faced with that as a daily prospect I was getting anxiety very badly. Also I couldn’t concentrate well enough to do work consistently using RPM. So, now I am getting the same regular ed curriculum but in small special ed classes. This is working out great so far. I also got my lunch switched so I can eat with my kindred autistic friends Alec and Anthony. This helps me so much not to feel alone at school.

There have been a lot of good people along the way helping me to do my best. My case manager is totally, radically awesome, and aligned with autistic ways and quirks. My aide is wicked awesome and so nice to me. We always like the same country songs too.

I hope I can soon extend my school day to be as long as everyone else. I’m only going for four hours right now, but there is so much more I want to do and learn. This is the first year I am taking an actual math class. Before I was doing functional math that bored me to death. No one realized I could do math because I had no way to show what I know until I had RPM. Now I’m in algebra and I totally love it. I want to teach math someday. I also love world history and can’t wait to do more units.

Autism challenges can be hard, but with out of the box solutions like movement breaks and schedule accommodations, autism can be successful at school. Autistics being part of the school community is important because autistic people are everywhere out in real life.


These are my red headphones. I wear them to muffle eminent noise that taxes autism sensory system. Very useful at school.

~ Henry


4 thoughts on “Back again

  1. Henry, I’m so happy to hear things are figuring themselves out at a relatively early stage in the school year. It will make your experience as a student, AND as a inquisitive young adult so much more enjoyable. I’m also happy to hear you are able to eat lunch with your friends. Did I ever tell you my mom worked with Alec at Meadowbrook Elementary? She was his library aide and she still speaks very highly of him. Anyways, I enjoy your blog posts so much, and happy you wrote another! Till next time…..


  2. Great that you found autistic friends. I always found it easier to get alone with autistic people online. An understanding and reasonable environment is extremely important, people who accept your quirks and not make you feel guilty about them.
    I met a girl who told me that in college, the autistic students are the best ever, although they sing in class sometimes. Yes, we can excell in both school and college. It’s a challenge, and noise bothers me too. Also, hyperactivity that is so common in autism makes it hard to sit still and concentrate on anything for too long. however, it can be done.
    I live alone, work, support myself, and take care of my feral rescue cat. Autism won’t stop you from doing anything unless you let it.
    You can be the best student in school, I’m sure.


  3. I love your blog already. I hope one day, you get an opportunity to use math for STEM fields be it engineering or computer science. I have always loved math (except for calculus). Numbers are my friends.


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