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As a neurodivergent parent who writes about autistic topics, I soon realized that when you enter the world of online, you become part of a community. In addition, I personally feel that it is important to acknowledge others within the autistic community who champion autistic acceptance.
Megan aged 19 has a personal blog on Facebook called:
“It’s okay to be different”.
My son is only 10 so has yet to reach the teenage stage of life. Likewise, reading Megan’s blog really gives an insight of what it is like to be autistic from a teenager’s point of view, who has now transitioned into adulthood.
Megan discusses her personal experiences. Megan has Asperger Syndrome and was diagnosed at the age of 13. Additionally, her optimism shines through in her blog, and you get the sense that she enjoys helping others. She even volunteers at her local library.
I had the opportunity to ask Megan a few questions about herself:
Why is volunteering at your local library so important to you?
Because it brings me confidence and brings me out of my shell. It gives me independence, and I get to help people while I’m there and seeing them smile makes me happy.
Do you feel like you can express yourself and communicate better through your artwork and drawings?
Yes, because I use different colours to compare the mood or emotion that I am feeling.
Do you feel that there is a lack of attention on autistic girls or do you think it is getting better now?
Kinda both. Girls mask it in socially but there is still not enough information about girls, and they get misdiagnosed, but I hope in the future it will improve.
Was it difficult for you to get a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome at 13?
It was hard because they thought it was me being a hormonal teenager.
What do you find triggers your anxiety?
Unexpected change can trigger it off. No routine. Doing new things or going to new places.
What helps you cope better with change?
People telling me before the change happens, task boards, breathing techniques, and music.
With your transition from teenager into adulthood, do you feel like you get the support you need?
I feel that at the moment yes. I’m going to look at my strengths and find out what job will suit me better. I’m also looking into courses. I have supportive people around me like my friends and family.
I’d like to thank Megan for sharing her experiences.