"I just felt like after doing the course and meeting you all, I can do things. You all inspired me to try."
Peer support is available from individuals who have long standing diagnosis of autism. Their support can aid awareness and understanding of autism for newly diagnosed adults. Being aware you are not alone can lessen the isolation autistic people often say that they feel. Friendships can be formed during 'All About Me' which then carry on past the delivery time of the course.
"Since doing the course I feel that I can acheive more, my outlook on life is different."
Throughout the course, participants will create their own personal profiles which will include information about their autism that is unique to them. The last two sessions of the course can be utilised to complete personal profiling, and/or identify and work through any personal issues, which may arise during the course. Participants can retain their personal profiles at the end of the course.
‘I had no idea how much the course would help me to understand my life, it was really enlightening, and my confidence has grown so much.’’.
‘The information was crucial for me in moving forwards following the All About me course, in helping me to manage myself better. It has been truly wonderful to be amongst people who understand me and are like me. The world doesn’t feel as lonely because of this.’
‘I had no idea how much the course would help me to understand my life, it was really enlightening, and my confidence has grown so much.’
‘The course was delivered by autistic people to autistic people 😊’
‘The course helped me to consider things from a different perspective and introduced me to new things as framed autistic traits.’
"This is the first thing I have ever done that is about me that I understand. I've always felt more like a passenger than a participant in my life."
All About Me is delivered over 10 weeks. At the end of the course, participants are offered the opportunity to have a Speech and Language assessment and a Sensory Occupational Therapy session.
With the support of our team, we explore the strengths and the challenges that autistic people may have. Through a structured framework of discussion, introspection and activities, we investigate the core elements of autism and what that means to each participant. Participants work together to explore situations where speaking up is difficult and share ideas of how to better manage their interactions before they reach a state of panic, meltdown, or depression.
‘All About Me has helped me in many ways but the most helpful part has been meeting others who are autistic. It has helped me to feel understood and less alone. I am so grateful to AIM for the support they have given me.’