I was bored and not happy here
Hi Rachael, I would love to be your online friend.
Could you please tell us a bit more about yourself, your hobbies, interests, a bit about your childhood likes, dislikes, how you found out about this site, are you Autistic? ( Diagnosed or self diagnosed?). Interesting stories about your experiences.
Is English your first language? ( I started learning English when I was five) If not how did you learn it? ( I slowly picked it up from other kids at school).
Hope to hear from you soon.
I didn't realise English wasn't your first language. That must have made starting school even more confusing! Do you enjoy being bilingual?
My parents are Polish, my father arrived in 1942 as a wartime refugee. My mother came over in 1957. I regard myself as a born and bred Yorkshireman. I started school without speaking or understanding a single word of English. Combined with autism and selective mutism. My school life was absolute hell.
Being bilingual does help at times, especially when I'm with others like me. But knowing the social norms of which language to speak in a given situation is complicated. And we get accused of being rude and ignorant.
Robert123 said:My school life was absolute hell.
My school was absolute hell for me as well.
I grew up not knowing that I was autistic, what autism is.
I never heard anyone mentioning autism.
I was struggling a lot.
Of course, there were no reasonable adjustments.
I'm reposting my oldest school report to show how badly I was coping with school when I was eight years old.
Thank you for sharing the report.
I also loved Mathematics at school. Algebra.
I think with the right support we both would have been brilliant and far ahead of others.
I found it really difficult to learn languages at school. Most likely, because they involved interaction with others. I hated it. I found interaction with others really difficult and still find. I always wanted to be alone or at least in a smaller group. I would have preferred one to one teaching really. I was depressed really at school. Mostly, because I could almost never be alone.
Hello Calfifornia, how are you ?