By Dr. Michael McManmon
via Zoom Autism Magazine, Issue 6
As individuals plan for success in school, having an understanding of who they are, why they are different, and how to accept, work with and learn to love these differences is critical. The classroom setting is an ideal place to work with adolescents and young adults as they begin or continue to understand their autism and/or learning differences diagnosis because, when young men and women don’t know what makes them different, they can develop negative images about themselves. If no one is talking about their differences, they may come to the conclusion that it’s a big bad secret. Recently diagnosed adolescents and young adults have shared that over the years before they knew about their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Difference (LD) diagnosis, they believed they were crazy, stupid, not good enough and numerous other extremely negative attributions. I drew some of these same conclusions about my own self as I have Asperger’s Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. I needed to understand my clinical diagnosis and learn how to accept it.Read the full article here.