Living with high functioning autism has its challenges. I say it this way because speech was the very last thing on my list of worries. I was (and still am) a chatterbox. However, I have struggles with understanding and processing language. This is why I went to speech therapy from kindergarten to my freshman year in high school. Right now you may be thinking, “how can that be? She’s able to read and write with no struggle. She is able to communicate with others.” This is 100% the case. However, there are times where I hear or read something, but not fully comprehend what it means. For example, I am currently reading A Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg. It took me time to recognize the parallel between Oswald T. Campbell (who lives in Illinois) and a baby bird in Alabama. This is because there were sentences in the book that had to be read multiple times to fully grasp what’s happening. However, I will keep on reading, no matter how long it takes. Now there may be people out there wondering, “Veronica. Should you find a simpler book to poke your nose in?” I have to say NO. As I am writing this, I realize that living with autism is not only challenging. It’s a BLESSING. I know that God has made no mistakes when he placed Jessica and I in our mother’s womb. Yes we had developmental difficulties. Yes we have learning difficulties. Yes we have communication impairments. But, we also have strengths. Jessica has amazing organizational skills (unlike me). My strengths are in reading, writing, spelling, and fashion.
Is being disabled a challenge? Yes.
Are there limitations? Absolutely.
But is it a curse? NO! IT’S A BLESSING 😃
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.
Underlined: learning and processing language is a struggle for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
My name is Veronica. I’m a 32 year old woman with High Functioning Autism. I have a very courageous twin sister named Jessica who has a more severe form of autism. I stutter as well. Welcome to my blog and I look forward to posting!!!
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