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ASD & Neurodiversity

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Whether you’ve been diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, or your brain is neurotypical, it’s really important to find a way to be yourself and feel connected to others. Everyone’s brain works a little bit differently and we often see and experience the world in different ways. Some people understand the world in numbers, others rely heavily on emotions and relationships, others are analytical, and others still are tactile – or any combination of these. Some people see the world in black and white and others see the world in colour. Some are extremely sensitive to slight changes in the energy or environment around them and others don’t even notice these changes. We are all different and that’s okay.

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Sometimes when we don’t understand the differences between how we see the world and how others see the world it can leave us feeling left out, disadvantaged, confused, inadequate, misunderstood or as though we don’t belong. Some people require more structure and predictability to feel comfortable in their environment and may experience heightened anxiety when we’re not sure how others will react or what will happen next. Others may be more comfortable going with flow. When these differences are misunderstood it can be difficult to communicate with others and maintain relationships. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and it’s important that learn how to recognize and capitalize on our strengths and find ways to get what we need in the areas where we’re not as strong.

At Sequoia Counselling, we support children, youth and adults to learn how your brain works and what your strengths are, as well as how to understand others and communicate with people who understand the world differently than you. In all relationships it’s important to balance our needs with those of our loved ones. We can do this by learning communication skills, social skills, and self-advocacy skills. We can also learn emotion regulation skills and how to manage in the moments when the world feels confusing and overwhelming.

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“Wanting to be Free. Wanting to be me. Trying to make people see. And accept the real me.”

— Scott Lentine