Delivered virtually by a neurodivergent mentor, for autistic or AuDHD young people who are able to engage in at least a minimal way. If your ND young person is very uncomfortable engaging virtually please check with them before booking. The camera doesn’t have to be on and chat can be used rather than speaking, but if they are too uncomfortable it will be counter-productive.
An autism diagnosis is much more than just a ‘label’. If you’re autistic, you’ve been autistic your whole life and you will gradually become aware that you experience the world in a different way to many of your peers. Unfortunately, an autism diagnosis carries with it a stigma, and becoming aware of this stigma can be damaging to a young person’s wellbeing as they get older – and the later they are recognised as autistic, the more problematic this becomes. We teach a positive view of their autistic identity, how to recognise and understand strengths and challenges, self-regulate and become advocates for themselves and others.
Reducing stigma around autism depends not on the autistic young person to change, but everyone around them, which is why we advocate for whole family and school training on neurodiversity – the more you understand about difference, not deficit, the less likely you are to stigmatise. We strongly recommend your wider family and school undertakes training or educates themselves in addition.