Autistic Traits in Adults: Monthly Online Drop In

Autistic Traits in Adults: Monthly Online Drop In

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Online event

A monthly online drop in for men and women aged 25+ who recognise autistic traits within themselves, whether formally or self -diagnosed.

About this event

The group is part psychoeducation, but mainly sharing and supportive, in a friendly environment. Each month, we address a different topic that I notice regularly comes up in my client work and also personal experience. (I, too, have autistic traits.)

See below for the schedule of topics, which is updated monthly. Please note that the maximum number of participants per group is 10. We meet online the first Friday of the month from 7.45-9pm.

If you would like to join the group, please save yourself a ticket and then complete this short questionnaire. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at arianaajordan@gmail.com.

I also run a similar group for young people aged 15-24 on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning the 6th October '21. Email me if you would like more information.

Schedule

4th June 2021 : We start with the important topic of Self Care - being able to recognise our unusually high tolerance of adverse events, which can unfortunately lead to overwhelm and even burnout, and the importance of making time for the all-important fun and relaxation

2nd July 2021: Diagnosis - is formal diagnosis necessary and/ or helpful? Who do we tell that we have autistic traits, and what might be the consequences?

6th August 2021: Tolerating other people's emotions - when we work so hard for things to be 'right', it can be very difficult when someone we care for, or someone we don't even know, seems distressed or angry, or any other 'negative' emotion. This meeting addresses how to manage our overwhelming feelings of responsibility to make others feel better, which is actually hard work and often unnecessary .

3rd September 2021: Going to extraordinary lengths: with our natural inclination to do our very best in our various roles - partner, parent, student, worker - we can often excel in our studies and/or work, but at what cost? This meeting will address how to implement appropriate boundaries so that we do not drive ourselves too hard, but are still able to maintain the high standards we aspire to.

1st October 2021: Romantic relationships: this is an area that many can find difficult to navigate. How do you know what to say without 'putting your foot in it'? How do you look interested, while not overstaying your welcome? How tolerant 'should' you be of someone else's behaviour? This meeting explores the ups and downs of romantic relationships and dating. We're sure to have some interesting conversations!

4th November 2021: Feeling other people's pain: sometimes we can be super sensitive and conscientious of the environment, nature, people -even people we've never met. It's like we feel their pain and we can become quite anxious if someone is feeling discomfort, is upset or harmed in any way. How do we balance this sensitivity so as to make the most of this strength, while not exhausting ourselves with worry?

3rd December 2021: Chit chat and friendly conversation: Why do we 'hate chic chat'? Why do we sometimes find it difficult to 'fit in' when in large groups? In this meeting we will explore the importance of chit chat and how it often forms the beginning of a friendship or relationship of some kind. How can we get to enjoy chit chat and feel more comfortable in social situations?

7th January 2022: New Year Wishes, goals and strategies to achieve them: This month, we are setting our intentions for the year ahead, recapping the learning from last year, and coming up with strategies to make it more likely our goals will be achieved.

4th February 2022: Family Relationships - The Ups, The Downs and the In Betweens: Those closest to us can sometimes find it difficult to understand our need for physical and mental space, which can cause frustration and upset for all concerned. This month we will be looking at ways to communicate effectively with our loved ones so that we all can all make the most of our relationships with one another.

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