I Throughout life, I've found it difficult to maintain a constant friendship group. I encountered the transition between different learning establishments (Primary-Secondary School, College to University) and have faced my *unfortunate* share of bullying along the way. I wasn't able to confide in my friends about who I really was. Ie: That I was Autistic,… Continue reading Supporting a friend on the Autistic Spectrum – Advice from an Aspie!
I'm proud to be on the spectrum. What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. And how they experience the world around them. - National Autistic Society (NAS). Admittedly, life as an aspie isn't always the easiest and at times I become frustrated… Continue reading Life on the spectrum – From a personal perspective
Welcome to my blog - Pawprintlaur. If you've stumbled across this page, you may well be wondering who I am (past being an avid tea drinker) and what my story is. Four years ago I gained a triple distinction star (D*D*D*) qualification in my Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Animal Care and Management. I… Continue reading About me
On the 18th July 2019, I travelled abroad alone for the first time to partake in more overseas work experience at an Animal Sanctuary in Murcia, Spain. And I plan to return home on Thursday 25th July. Being Autistic, this can be challenging - Dissimilar surroundings, new people, loudness. Nightmare. I used to be unable… Continue reading Autism spectrum – First solo travel experience & tips!
I'm going to Spain! In just over 2 weeks time, on the 18th July, I will be flying to Murcia (JMU) Airport. And I will be staying in Murcia for the duration of 1 week. I'm embarking on my first solo venture, and I'm excited. I've never flown alone, and being Autistic this can be… Continue reading Jacobs Ridge Animal Sanctuary (18.07.2019)
I was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism in 2016, aged 19. Originally referred to as Aspergers Syndrome. Laura... I think you might be Autistic. I had no knowledge surrounding Autism. I believed my Therapist had confused me with another patient. I succeeded through two nurseries, two mainstream schools (Primary and Secondary), and had recently finished my… Continue reading Autism – Late diagnosis, the process and my reaction
I very recently finished my second university year, yay! As an Autistic Student, I feel that my experiences and abilities to handle given situations naturally vary from those of "neurotypicals", and whilst that's okay, it's a matter I've been aiming to shed a little light on. I am diagnosed with high-functioning Autism (previously described as… Continue reading University – Student life on the spectrum
To my knowledge, everybody on the Autistic spectrum struggles with different aspects. Whether that's beginning a conversation, using public transport alone or becoming comfortable with wearing only a specific brand/item of clothing. For example, I'm obsessed with (vegan) Doc Martens and no longer feel comfortable wearing other footwear types. My friends Etta and Ava (also… Continue reading Autism and me – An insight into my characteristics
It's Autism Awareness Month throughout the whole duration of April and the second one I've proudly celebrated. (Yay!) I'll regularly be updating my blog throughout the duration of April to share more in relation to Autism Awareness. I first began blogging about my Autism in 2017, a year after receiving my diagnosis. Just yesterday, my… Continue reading Autism and me – Autism Awareness Month
It's vastly approaching the 3-year bracket in which I received my Autism diagnosis back in 2016. Time has truly flown by! I often hear the term "suffering from Autism" which I felt encouraged to shed some light on, as somebody on the complex Autistic spectrum. I understand that the spectrum is large and people enlisted… Continue reading Autism and me: Suffering or growing?