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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.
- December 2019 Blog Post - First of all, I want to wish everyone a happy Christmas! It is one of my favorite times of year, because I like all the lights that people put on their houses and trees in their yards. Knowing how hard this holiday used to be makes it all the more special to me. Like I wrote last month, I used… Read More
- Diciembre de 2019 - Antes que nada, ¡quiero desearles a todos una feliz Navidad! Es una de mis temporadas favoritas del año, porque me gustan todas las luces que la gente pone en sus casas y en los árboles de sus jardines. Saber lo difícil que esta temporada de fiestas solía ser hace que sea aún más especial para mí. Como lo mencioné el… Read More
- Noviembre de 2019 - Quiero enfocarme en los pequeños detalles de la sensibilidad sensorial y en cómo es esta. Las señales que reciben de su medio ambiente saturan frecuentemente a las personas jóvenes que están en el espectro. Pueden ser como yo, incapaces de comunicar su malestar y reacción a esos estímulos, y pueden reaccionar de formas que no son claras. Es ridículo pensarlo,… Read More
- November 2019 Blog Post - I want to focus on the little details of sensory sensitivity and what that’s like. Young people on the spectrum are often overloaded by all the signals they receive from their environment. They might be like me, unable to communicate their discomfort and reaction to these stimuli, and act out in unclear ways. Ridiculous to think, but there was a… Read More