Trauma and autism

*Warning… this one is a little longer but if you are curious about trauma and autism, listen in. Its about 12 minutes and it is a window in to my support and guidance to my client-families and curious professionals.

There is a lot of attention to trauma informed care in the counseling field, but what about with autism? Here, Barb talks about the trauma she thinks is experienced by those on spectrum (and their parents) in response to uncertainty AND what those around that person can do to help.

First, we need to start thinking about autism as a response to neurobiological trauma (versus external trauma as we typically hear about it in the counseling realm).

Then, we need to stop the repeated trauma and allow a person or child’s system to calm. This starts with the guides or mentors calming themselves (often a target in our sessions at Synergy).

Then, we provide opportunities to help the child or individual of any age to experience success to build confidence and competency in managing situations that have caused trauma in the past.

  1. Understand that autism is an anxiety response to trauma surrounding uncertainty
  2. Stop repeated trauma by… (a) bringing your own calm to your interactions; (b) stop talking so much! (c) guide versus tell; (d) slow down to properly attune/listen
  3. Then and only then, provide opportunities for practicing managing uncertainty so that the person can safely be curious and engaged with you and others (rather than overwhelmed).

Thank you for listening in and let us know if you have questions, concerns, or comments!

Best wishes to you today!

Barb Avila

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