Growing up I began to realize that I was different from my peers. At first this bothered me and hindered the development of my self-esteem. As I got older I started to realize that this was not a big deal and it began to bother me less and less. I began seeking out other ways to become involved in things that would help me feel connected to my peers. Participating in music was my outlet. As I continued to age I found that I was more like my peers than I thought. The issue was that my peers did not understand me or some of my behaviors because they did not have a good understanding of what Autism Spectrum Disorders were. While it was still difficult for me to connect with my neurotypical peers the more I aged the better life became for me. There were still many challenges and roadblocks to tackle but I was starting to find some self worth in my music and playing the trombone. I found that special interest that would help me excel in school. My special interest saved my entire high school experience from being a complete disaster. This book shares how I used my special interest to help cope with having autism and to defeat my fears that the other kids all thought I was different.
I'm Travis. I'm a 28 year old author of books about autism. I like football, basketball, tennis, hiking, music, rock, writing, reading, and talking.
I have overcome the greatest challenge in my life. I no longer cope with autism I live happily with it.
I have some really amazing friends and a truly inspirational and awesome best friend!
Life had always been a struggle for me until I started taking responsibility for my own life and situation. I spent a long time wanting and expecting others to fix or improve my life and make it what I wanted it to be. Truth be known, I was the only one who could and can do that.
Now I write books about autism and how I am taking responsibility for my own life. What a difference I've seen in life.
Life is what we choose to make of it.
I don't want to just be known as a guy with Autism. I want to be known as a guy who's doing something awesome with Autism!
Travis is dually diagnosed with Autism and Schizophrenia.read more
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