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Me, Myself & Autism is a self-awareness and understanding course for autistic adults.
This course takes an in-depth look at what it really means to be autistic - promoting positive mental health and improved self-confidence.
Autistic people often pretend to be like the other people around us in order to blend in. From an early age we begin masking differences and difficulties, in an attempt to keep ourselves safe.
We learn to hide ourselves, not because we don’t want to be thought of as different, but because often being different has led to experiences of bullying and prejudice.
In this session, we look at who we are, our self-esteem and self-worth, the things in life we find challenging as well as the things that we enjoy.
Many people over-think. However, autistic people can often think in a way that undermines our own self-worth and self-esteem.
If we don't have many friends, feel lonely or are isolated, our thoughts can get out of control.
In this session we look at thinking styles and strategies to help us to manage our thoughts more effectively.
Our central nervous system processes sensory information.
This information helps our body to correctly adjust and adapt to the immediate environment.
In these sessions we take an in depth look at our eight senses and the impact that each have on our day-to-day functioning.
Why it's important to choose the right environments to meet our unique needs.
We explore hyper and hypo sensitivities and what we can do to keep our nervous system regulated.
How do we communicate effectively?
This session explores barriers to communication and strategies for communicating more effectively. We look at communication styles and how people do not always say what they really mean.
What is autistic inertia? How can it impact on our ability to function well and perform tasks? Why can we find it difficult to organise, prioritise and plan our day? Why are choices so problematic for us?
In this session we look at strategies to help us to plan and navigate through our daily tasks.
Autistic people can spend much of their lives feeling anxious. In this session we explore why autistic people feel so anxious, and how in understanding this, we can actually become less anxious.
In this session we explode the myth that surrounds autism and emotions.
We validate the way we express and feel our emotions, and why autistic people are often overwhelmed with emotion and their empathy for other people and animals.
We all need boundaries to keep us and other people safe. Autistic adults can sometimes find it hard to set boundaries and stick to them. They can find it difficult to assert themselves and say no.
Often saying yes just to have a quiet life. Only the cost of a quiet life is often heightened anxiety.
This session looks at the importance of asserting our boundaries and communicating in an assertive way.
Looking after ourselves is essential to our independence.
Independence does not mean having to do everything alone, without support. The most independent people do so because they know who to go to, and when to reach out if they need support.
Speech and Language Therapist
Sensory Occupational Therapist
For further details, please reach out to any of our centres.