Kevin Hanley: Back to Routine!

Returning to routine after a break can be a tough one to get your head around, especially after a lengthy one like the summer holidays. Routine is a common source of structure for autistic people. Every person will have their own, but by simply having one in place for day-to-day activities is an important guide and coping strategy. 

Kevin Hanley from Co. Tipperary is a student at the Limerick College of Further Education. As part of our #BackToRoutine series, he talks about his own experiences and about the importance of routine in his daily life.

This time last year, I was going into a new chapter of my life at LCFE. I didn’t know what to expect from my Level Five in TV and Film Productions but I surprised myself for getting through the year where I passed all the modules and assignments.

Now Level Six in September, which I can’t believe myself, but what is a big help is I know what to expect – in terms of the people on the course, the lectures from all the different modules, the building and, most importantly, the help that’s available to get me through the next year.

Routine is very important for people like myself who are on the Spectrum. You can plan out things in your head and know what your day consists of and possibly the different people you might meet on a giving day. At least now, going back to LCFE in September, and of course the return to normality, for me is important to my success. This September I can hit the ground running with all my ideas and be confident in my abilities to make a good documentary.

I will get back into the routine very quickly and it will seem like I was never away for the last few months over the summer holidays and hopefully it will be another successful few months ahead.

The only thing I’ll find hard is the early morning starts but in saying that for my mental health it will be good to get back into the swing of things again especially over the next few months as the weather gets colder and darker which I find hard but I’ll be focused on my course at LCFE .

Then before I know it I will be helping out with the Tipperary Footballers for the new season in 2019 again where hope, ambitions and dreams start all over again. That is the key to have things to look forward in life if that is to do with sport, education or even going out socially with friends. One thing in life is certain – you can make all these plans ahead, but on any day your routine can go out through the window and you have to be prepared for that to which I have learnt to cope with, but it isn’t easy! I had a lot of help from family and friends who believe in me without them I wouldn’t be half the man I am today.

Of course thanks to everyone’s support, it means a lot because I really wouldn’t have got to this point in my life . Now, I just look on it as step on the ladder and take it one step at a time. Hopefully Level Six  in TV and film will be as good as the one just gone in Level Five!

This is one person’s opinion. It does not necessarily reflect AsIAm’s views and positions as an organisation. If you’d like to submit your own blog, get in touch with us at blogs@asiam.ie.

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