My Voice: How Autism Has Made Me Who I Am
Hello, my name is Zachary Stoner and I have autism — my autism is mild but it still does affect me.
Some of the symptoms that I have are I can lose control or concentration of what I do/ and generally get carried away.
I used to hit my head on walls and with my own fists when I got angry; this was sheer frustration.
I don’t understand things very well and need specific instructions.
Now I know that you are thinking, “Oh, that must be horrible,” and yes, it has been, but I feel I am through the worst now.
The advantages are it has given me true friends who understand me and like me for who I am and support me. It has given me an amazing imagination that doesn’t work like yours, so I have been told.
I’ve also learned to only look at something for just a split second and analyze it in my brain like a computer.
If I was given the option to get rid of my autism…I wouldn’t ….why would I?
I have advantages over most people and I am stronger mentally and I have learned how to give emotional support.
When I was younger, from about six, I would always say “I hate my autism, I wish I never had it!” But now I realize that my autism has made me who I am, why would I change who I am?
If you have autism and it is troubling you or anything else, then seek help and find out how to fix your issues and I promise you, you will grow over any obstacle, it just takes time and support.
I have had and still continue to get support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), my school, and parents.
This article was featured in Issue 52 – Celebrating the Voices of Autism