While growing up in my childhood in the 1980’s Asperger’s Syndrome was new, and I had not correctly been labeled with Asperger’s Syndrome until 1999. For my new readers now part of my college course blog, I may refer Asperger’s Syndrome as ASD. In a few weeks, I will share why Asperger’s Syndrome is no longer attached to ASD but now as the Autism spectrum disorder.
As it was new during that, time the labels I went through started with “developmentally delayed” to “pervasive developmental disorder” as many psychologists could not understand what was happening. Being raised by a single parent, my mom who has been there through everything, I could not thank her enough.
While I will go into the aspect of the childhood social atmosphere next time, I want to focus on behavior both at home and school. Just like many kids, temper tantrums are nothing new as I had them. At home in my early years, I remember having this fascination of dialing 911, hanging up and hiding in a closet. There were times I sneaked out at night to bike around the neighborhood, or attempt of taking my Mom’s truck to go out and see West Ridge Mall when it first opened.
My behavior at school that I can remember started in fourth grade when I was placed in special education. I had been put in special education for the reasons I had problems misinterpreting assignments to not completing work. There were also times I feared for going to school in the late elementary school years as I was always harassed by a bully that was all done behind the teacher and teacher’s aide’s back. This moved over to my new middle school, on top of a whole new world with three other elementary school students coming together was not easy. Luckily, he must have left for an unknown reason.
While skipping school to sleeping in classes were the more new problems in middle school, the challenges were more proper time management as I was fixated – and this continues even to today’s time that I forget about some other obligation. Once I entered high school, I was actually for the first time in many years allowed to start transitioning back to the mainstream. My behaviors from middle school subsided, and while the misinterpretation continued, I managed to get through and graduate in 2000.