Hi, I’m Makayla or “Kayla” for short. I am Autistic. Ausomely Autistic is a blog about autism from the view point of an autistic person. I am here to share my thoughts and experiences as an Autistic person. Being Autistic can be hard, there are hurdles to jump over. I also have mild cerebral palsy, social anxiety, and scoliosis. I try to not let these things stop me, I try to strive to do the best I can, even if some things are more difficult for me to do.
My best friend in the whole world is my horse Shadow. He is a chestnut Tennessee walking horse cross and he is about 20 years young. He loves apples, carrots, peppermints, bananas, horse cookies, and his all time favorite- peaches. I do Parelli Natural Horsemanship with him. My favorite savvy to play with is Liberty, because it tests our communication and trust levels and teaches both of us to be more attentive to the small things (such as body language).
I have struggled with many things in my life, including being bullied, excluded, having sensory processing issues, and anxiety. Some days are good, and some days are bad and have anxiety, misunderstanding, tears, and meltdowns. I am blessed to have a loving family, with family members who try to help me and accept me for who I am.
I am a vaulter, I vault on a barrel in a vaulting club. I like vaulting because I can make up my own moves (as long as they are safe and can be done on the horse) and I can create goals for myself to achieve. It challenges me both mentally and physically because I have to concentrate on the moves and I have to use different muscles in my body. I also like doing art. I feel like I can express myself through art, and it is calming to me.
I also love reading good books, though I am pretty picky about which books I want to read. 🙂 I also like to write. Writing is my way of getting my emotions and thoughts out, and I have found that it has been therapeutic for me.
When I was first diagnosed “Autistic”, I thought Autism was bad. I thought “What is wrong with me?!?!” slowly, as I have looked inside myself, and learned more about Autism, I have grown to understand myself and my challenges. Many people just look at Autism as a “bad” thing that should be cured. I do not believe that Autism needs to be cured, I believe that Autistic’s have talents and that they need the opportunity to find and use their talents.
I have a dog named Nikki, I am going to train her to be a psychiatric service dog to help me with my panic attacks, anxiety, and sensory issues.
I am also an Autism advocate/self-advocate. I believe that all Autistic people deserve acceptance for who they are, and not for what people think they should be. I believe that Autistic voices should be heard.
“I am different, not less.”~Temple Grandin