Sunday, January 12, 2014
Transitions: a problem experienced by both autistic adults and autistic children
This blogger can happily say with openness, that transitions are really hard.
Each every spatial change of scenery, each change of expectations, each evolution in standards for performance, all of these things cause a lot of extra stress for Autistic people.
A good way to deal with transitions is to be willing to go really slowly during the beginning of one's adaptation.
Another good way to deal with transitions is to try to find activities to engage in that help to refamiliarize.
Some Autistic people are not satisfied by many transition rituals used in broader society, thus we sometimes carry more spread out anxiety.
Anxiety and adjustment to a new place or location or situation requires constant alteration of sensory expectations.
We have to get used to new levels of background loudness, to new formulae of action to help satisfy our various needs at various times.
These sensory and social readjustments seem to happen much slower for people on the spectrum.
I say this in order to describe the troubling difficulties of this author in transitioning out of undergraduate and into adulthood (with all the responsibilities that come with that).
Thus, it is rational for autistics who are transitioning to try to keep certain things fairly similar to how they were.
If the location has to change, then make some of the foods stay the same. If the clothing has to change, make other things seem familiar.
Some of the most intense Autistic anxiety arrives when many changes have to be adjusted to and there is no clear way for things to remain *thinkable*. And when I say thinkable, I mean the details of one's life being able to be predicted, expected, knowable.