I think that my parents, particularly my mother, were much more aware than me regarding my differences to other children when I was younger. I remember my saying words in a different way and my family and their close friends thinking that this was "cute". However, my mum was very clear that I should use "normal words" so that I wouldn’t draw attention to myself. Also I remember feeling very possessive of my things in the classroom. For example, if someone took my rubber, it wasn’t good enough for them to return it. I wanted the perpetrators to be punished.