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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.

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Me, Myself & Autism is Autism In Mind's 11-week autism awareness and self-understanding course for autistic adults. The first week is an introduction to the course and facilitators followed by 10 weekly sessions which cover the modules below.  The course is currently taking place both in person and over Zoom.  

9. Boundaries

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3 & 4 . Understanding our Sensory Needs

1. Who Am I?

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Halt who goes there! 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. Session 9 looks at the importance of asserting our boundaries and communicating in an assertive way.

5. Effective Communication

Autistic people often start to mask as children when trying to live up to the expectations of other people. Often the child is not aware that they are autistic, only how exhausting fitting in is for them. Wearing a mask does not allow us to be the person we really are or who we want to be.

In this session, we look at who we are, our self-esteem and self-worth, and the things in life we find challenging as well as the things that we enjoy.

Autistic people can spend much of their lives feeling anxious. In session 7 we explore why autistic people feel so anxious, and how in understanding this, we can actually become less anxious.

2. Autism and Thinking.

In sessions 3 and 4 we take an in-depth look at our eight senses and why our environments impact us so greatly. We explore hyper and hypo sensory issues and dual sensitivities. Once we have identified our sensory needs, we can then look at the things that we can do to keep our senses regulated.

What exactly does living an independent life mean? It 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.

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10. Self-care

Our course also explores autism and eating issues, and why so many adults find sleep so elusive.

Autism fatigue is a real thing.

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Many people over-think. However, autistic people can often think in a way that undermines their own self-worth and self-esteem.

In this session we look at the many thinking styles that autistic people can struggle with. Why our thought often interrupts our sleep, and strategies for how to manage our thoughts more effectively.

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.

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6. Autistic Inertia

7. Anxiety

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8. Emotions