Autism is a variation of how the brain works. Embracing the concept of neurodiversity recognises that individuals with Autism have a different cognitive processing style, and this diversity is not a deficit or defect, but a different way of experiencing the world.

The core components of Autism are:

  1. Difference in social interactions
    Individuals with Autism often experience variances in social interactions. This might manifest as challenges in understanding social cues, difficulty forming relationships, or a preference for solitary activities.
  2. Difference in communication
    Communication differences in Autism can range from challenges in nonverbal communication to a preference for literal or concrete language. Some individuals may excel in specific communication modes, such as written or visual communication.
  3. Restrictive and repetitive behaviours
    Another core component of Autism involves engaging in restrictive and repetitive behaviours. This can manifest as a need for routine, repetitive movements or actions, and intense focus on specific interests. These behaviours often serve as coping mechanisms.
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How A Psychologist Can Help

A neuroaffirming approach can be adopted by a psychologist to support people with Autism. This involves acknowledging that people with Autism have unique strengths, interests and support needs. It does not focus on encouraging masking behaviours to “fix the impairment”. At Mind Lift Psychology, your psychologist will help to find the best treatment and management plan for your particular needs.

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