My experience at secondary school.

School for me is hell on earth. I can’t think of a more horrendous building to spend my day in. For me, school is a recurring nightmare day after day. My attendance was very low; I was on reduced hours and even when I was there I wasn’t in class for the most part.  There…More

What is Autism like for me? 

When people ask me what is Autism, I’m too stunned to speak. Not because I can’t believe that they don’t know what is , but I don’t know how to explain what Autism is. It’s odd because it makes sense in my head but I can’t put the words together in my own way. I…More

Striving for independence.

Young children seek independence from their parents from very early on. Rather than ask for help at age of three you thought you were capable of pouring the orange juice successfully into the glass, you miss the glass and pour it all over the table. You could have avoided all this just by asking for…More

Challenging the perceptions of success.

Everyone wants to be successful, but it’s not that straight forward. How do you get there? How do you measure it ? How do you become a ‘successful ‘person?  Success is the accomplishment of a goal. I realised that people don’t celebrate the little achievements in life. Being given a medal, trophy or certificate is…More

Why I homeschool.

Attending school is my biggest nightmare. School is a building that is filled with things that make me feel uncomfortable and scared. When I was in primary school I struggled but I couldn’t find the words to tell someone how I was feeling. I went about my day thinking that feeling anxious was normal. In…More

Homeschooling.

I started homeschooling in November 2021. Previously, I went to a very big secondary school for two years. There were 300 children in each year and it was a 6 form entry. I hated every second of it. At the end of Year 8, I transferred to a small school with around 12 children, in…More

Social Struggles.

Being sociable is one of the hardest things I deal with on a day to day basis. When I have discussed this with friends they have looked at me as if I am lying. To be fair to them, I would feel the same way as them as I come off (most of the time)…More

Writing. Why I do it?

I have an addiction to writing ; I used to have an addiction to self-harm. Writing doesn’t give me the same feeling as self-harming did but it’s a better solution. In the past, I thought writing down how I was feeling was pointless. Over time, I came to my senses and realised I had been…More

My medication for ADHD.

When I was diagnosed with ADHD, in 2021, a couple of things started to fall into place and make sense – well some of the time anyway. Paying attention in class had always been a big struggle. Before my diagnosis, no matter what I did to try and focus, in school, I was more interested in…More

Has your diagnosis helped you or freaked you out?

At the age of thirteen I was diagnosed with ADHD ( Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity, Disorder) and ASD ( Autism Spectrum Disorder ). In April 2021 I was diagnosed with ADHD, this was after a particular difficult time in my life. I was struggling with my mental health and I had a lot of issues around…More