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
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 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
Hi everybody! Today, I wanted to welcome a new component to my blog: MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY I've noticed recently that I overwork myself and take very little time to focus on myself, my happiness and the art of recuperating after the stresses of every day life. I allow my anxieties to build up, with the… Continue reading Mental Health Monday – Working on myself, healing and finding happiness!
That's the thing. I never anticipated being a 19-year-old sitting face to face with my Therapist discussing the possibilities of an Autism diagnosis. It seems, my wonderful Therapist had picked up on possible Autistic traits in me during our sessions together (for my Anorexia Nervosa) which had mutually been a struggle for a while. My… Continue reading Autism and me – an acceptance journey
I began volunteering at Little Owl Farm back in February 2017. Wholeheartedly, the best decision I've ever made! (Yes, I'll say this until I'm red in the face...) Its been 18 months consisting of joyful memories, hard (but always super fun!) work, an abundance of bus trips and the most compassionate hugs. And, most importantly,… Continue reading Goat girl, eighteen months on!
18/06/2018 represents Autistic Pride Day. But what exactly is the day all about? Autistic pride day is the celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum. It celebrates what people with autism bring to the community and recognises their potential. Pride being a huge component in the way I feel about my diagnosis.… Continue reading Autistic pride day!