Working with Autistic adults a common thought among them is that their voice is not heard often enough. Autism Personal Coach wants to help change that by giving them an opportunity for their voice to be heard. Here is the first of what we hope will be many guest commentaries from adults on the spectrum. This is from one of our clients:
Dawn. 45 yrs old. I was reading a thread about Autism on a message board and it intrigued me. I read about Autism online and through books borrowed from my library. I bought a few of the better books and diagnosed myself as being Autistic, having the milder form called Aspergers Syndrome. It took me a year to finally get a diagnosis and that’s been two or three years ago at least. Since then I’ve been able to make sense of a lot of the patterns in my life; the inability to hold a job for very long, the constant clutter of my space (my room while living at home and my apartment when living alone), the constant feeling of frustration, anxiety and confusion.
“Executive functions is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage other cognitive processes,[
such planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching and initiation and monitoring of actions(Wikipedia).”
Many Autistics struggle with executive functions. This is where my Autism Coach (Doug Blecher) comes in. I originally couldn’t imagine what Doug could do for me but it didn’t hurt to just talk to him. I’m very happy I did for many reasons.
With his help my planning and initiation and monitoring of tasks have greatly improved (working memory, attention and verbal reasoning may be a lost cause).
He helps me decide what needs to be done, why and in what order. He also helps me figure out how best to achieve my goals, something about which I’m usually clueless. He helps in such a way as to cut out a chunk of my frustrations and confusion. I always leave meetings with him with a sense of accomplishment and a sense of optimism. I usually hope for something decent while expecting the worst. Now, I feel that the massive mountains really might be just little hills, if that, in disguise. What a relief!