Sunday, April 28, 2019

28, Australia 

I have a degree in Linguistics and Psychology, and a degree in Medical Science (biotechnology). 

The accomplishment which I am most proud of at this point is completing my book on Impelling Parenting, discussing more effective techniques to parent children with extra needs (such as Autism, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety and PDA). 

Something I wish other people knew about Autism is that it’s not a disorder which prevents autistic people from communicating – in fact, our ability to communicate with other Autistics is far from impaired, though our ability to understand neurotypical people can be one of our biggest challenges. Often our ability to “function” is directly related to our levels of anxiety surrounding the tasks we are asked to perform, and so working on mental health can be one of the biggest factors that can improve our ability to function.
Often this anxiety can present as irritableness, or anger, but it’s root cause is often a deep-seated feeling of “something is wrong”.
If Autistic children are encouraged to see their differences as normal for them, and as an interesting challenge to overcome, rather than as a permanent disability, their ability to function and cope within a neurotypical-dominated environment rapidly improves.

In terms of resources that have helped me, I would say engaging with my community and interacting with other Autistics has been helpful in a way that neurotypically-prescribed therapies have not been. But in terms of well-regarded theories, Occupational Therapy tools aren’t just for kids, and incorporating them into life as an Autistic adult can be extremely helpful in quieting overstimulated senses and reducing anxiousness, while ABA (depending on implementation) can be a useful resource to learn “the rules” that neurotypical people expect all people to follow.

Particularly for adults on the spectrum, however, I feel that these techniques could be easily replaced with hard-copy resources that could be referred to, and I have yet to find any appropriate guidebooks that aren’t outdated. I’ve found the advice in a number of self-help books to be useful, and I recommend for any autistic adult struggling with social interaction at work, or at home to read as many self-help books as possible, and identify the common factors between them.

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