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My name is Niko Boskovic, and I am so very pleased to be able to share my thoughts and experiences living as an autistic teen.

First, about me: I live in North Portland with my parents and sister, and just graduated with an Oregon high school diploma. I’ve started taking credit classes at PCC, and I work part time at the Hollywood Trader Joe’s where I stock and face products. I’ve wanted to work there since I was fourteen. It’s incredible to earn money on my own!

I’ve been autistic all my life. My earliest memory of being different was when I started kindergarten. The teacher was not welcoming or at all accommodating of my needs. She acted like I was the biggest pain in the history of her teaching experience. I didn’t know how to handle her hostility, so I would stim to comfort myself. That seemed to make matters worse – she would get so frustrated that she would ignore me and tell my aide to deal with me. She was awful to my mom too. She would talk about her to others in front of me as if I couldn’t understand. I really hated her and how she made me feel.

Niko's Posts:

  • April 2020 Blog Post - Since the city shut down several weeks ago, I’ve had to get used to living in more isolation than usual. My parents, one of whom is still working outside the home, are totally stressed and anxious. I wrote the following poem for them: These Days Are Long But Fruitful (When Push Comes to Shove) This is a time of unknowns… Read More
  • Abril de 2020 - Desde que la ciudad cerró hace varias semanas, he tenido que acostumbrarme a vivir más aislado que de costumbre. Mis padres, uno de los cuales sigue trabajando fuera de casa, están totalmente estresados y ansiosos. Escribí el siguiente poema para ellos: Estos días son largos pero fructíferos (Cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles) Este es un tiempo de incertidumbres, un… Read More
  • March 2020 Blog Post - My anxiety has slowly been responding to the medication I’ve been taking since the fall, but I think the biggest help recently is consulting someone who has worked with autistics for decades and really understands us. Barb is not autistic, but she employs one of us in her office, and unlike so many professionals with whom I’ve had contact, she… Read More
  • Marzo de 2020 - Mi ansiedad ha estado respondiendo lentamente al medicamento que he estado tomando desde otoño, pero creo que lo que más me ha ayudado recientemente es hablar con alguien que ha trabajado con autistas durante décadas y que realmente nos entiende. Barb no es autista, pero emplea a uno de nosotros en su oficina y, a diferencia de muchos profesionales con… Read More

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