Welcome to my blog all about autism!
Here I’ll hope you’ll find support, advice and stories to help you understand a little bit more about Autism (and Aspergers for those of us in the U.K!). I started this blog to help others gain more insight into both their own and others difficulties.
So, a little more about me, as well as a blogger, I am also a full-time Special Needs teacher here in the North-West of England. I live with my boyfriend and our lovely labradoodle by the sea and enjoy watching history documentaries and baking.
I also have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.
This can be quite a surprise to some people who have strange ideas such as ‘only boys have autism’ and ‘you can’t be in a relationship if you’re autistic’. Whilst some things may be more complicated for those of us on the spectrum, nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work at it!
I trained to be a teacher in Secondary English and Drama at the University of Cambridge in 2005. After later specialising in Special Educational Needs, I started to deliver training to other teachers about different topics such as Dyslexia, Autism and ADHD. I was lucky enough to have extremely supportive colleagues who not only appreciated the training but gave me encouraging feedback, particularly when I was discussing autism.
Again and again, I was told by colleagues how they’d mentioned different things I’d said to other teachers and relatives. I decided that there had to be a better way to share my thoughts and insights into Autism and so aspiemiss was born.
A brief note on my use of the worse ‘aspie’. I quite identify with this term and use it to describe myself, however I am aware that some don’t like it. Please know that it is not used with any malice, but I feel that if I choose to identify myself as ‘aspie’ then I should be able to do so.
Finally, I hope to build on this blog and use my public speaking skills to spread positive and helpful insight into living with autism. I am also currently working on an e-book I intend to publish, looking at how to support children in moving from primary to secondary school.
If you have any questions or would like to know if I’m interested in any opportunities you may have, then please email me at the address below.