August 2020

Disclaimer: The contents of this blog is on personal experience, and opinion.

School Uniform

I booked in a 15-minute appointment to go into a shoe shop to get my son’s feet measured for school shoes. The process was pretty straight forward, and my son preferred it this way compared to previous years where we would have to get a ticket and wait in a queue for a while.

As for the school uniform (and PE kit), I used a measuring tape at home to get my son’s waist and chest measurements for school shirts and a jumper. I ordered his school uniform online, which we received two days later. I was surprised that we only had to exchange three items, but overall, it was not as stressful as I thought it would be. The only upsetting part was paying for it.

Still in a Relationship

My partner and I do not live together so, at the beginning of this unprecedented time, I was unsure if I would still have a relationship at all with the lockdown and social distancing.

This situation has been a lot and has tested us as a couple. Looking back at the past months, it has made us stronger. We both understand and appreciate each other too.

I also had to do some soul searching and confronting myself. I previously experienced burnout and feel that as a whole, my entire being has been torn down and slowly built up into a person who has better clarity of their internal and external environment.

Blogging

When I chose the name Positively ASD for the blog, to us, positivity represents an overall outlook in life and our end goal of happiness. That is not to say that we never go through any struggles. I feel that I have highlighted our times of struggle throughout the blog looking back at my posts.

Blogging is subjective, and for me, I wanted to have a focal point on a side that I feel sometimes gets overlooked, the skills. I can only go off from personal experience, and while working as a learning support assistant, I worked with children and did not see them as conditions. I helped them as much as I could with their needs associated with autism and any diagnosed or undiagnosed need that a child had.

How a person sees themselves and their diagnosis, separate or as a whole is entirely personal to that person, and they have a right to feel how they want to about that. Same for my son, and that will not change based on anyone else’s vision of how they see him.

I take time to read many blogs to understand and educate myself on different points of views and experiences as well as a similar experience and point of view to ours. We are truly diverse.

From PDA, non-verbal autism, Asperger’s, challenging behaviour, autistic with a learning disability, autistic adults, disability, rare disease, chronic and life limiting diseases, discussing race and cultural barriers, and social and environmental barriers, and the list goes on. Every experience has its right to be heard.

It is all love and respect coming from us.

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