Land of Confusion
Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!
Does social skills count as a subject? How about the ability to tolerate the presence of one’s peers? No, I know neither of those count but if they did I would have failed both of them every single time. My hated subject was maths which is somewhat ironic. People seem to have this expectation that if you are autistic than you are good at maths or worse a maths genius. I’m good with numbers, I like numbers, I’m just not good at maths. The disconnect is explained by the fact that I never could do anything the way I was meant to do it, I would always lose half the marks on exam papers simply because I could not show how I had arrived at my answer. That and my inability to grasp algebra.
Surprisingly enough the only other subjects I had any difficulty with were foreign languages. Not because of the languages themselves, not because I don’t like learning other languages, but simply because it was a very interactive lesson which kind of removes me from the equation. I couldn’t talk to my peers in English and all of a sudden I’m expected to communicate with them in Spanish. Plus I was annoyed that we were learning Spanish and not Mandarin or Russian, that fact partly accounted for my lack of enthusiasm as well.