Treating Autistic People rather than Autism
I wholeheartedly believe that autism is not a condition that requires a cure and therefore I do not treat autism itself.
I see autism as a different way of processing sensory, communicative and conceptual information and recognise that while this can often cause extreme distress without appropriate support it can also bring quite wonderful and unique benefits.
However, I do coach autistic clients, frequently those with stress hormone imbalance, autoimmune dysfunction, eating disorders and digestive disorders. This is because there is a high prevalence of these types of challenges in the autistic community. Some of these will be hereditary and some a result of growing up autistic in a non-autistic world.
I do not treat children. I am very happy to work with a whole family approach towards improving physical and emotional health for everyone in the household but I will not make recommendations that involve putting a child on a diet differing from that of their family. However, if a teenager wishes to coach with me and has parental support to do so then this can be arranged.
I appreciate that autistic children frequently opt for foods that already set them apart from other members of the household. However I believe that adding extra restrictions or demands at mealtimes are often unlikely to justify the potential nutritional benefits; and so I will work with parents towards making a household’s relationship with mealtimes less stressful and more sustainable.
An Autistic Coach rather than an Autism Coach
The reason that a significant proportion of my work is with autistic clients is that I myself am autistic and so have a more nuanced understanding of the practical challenges many of my clients may face such as sensory sensitivities and executive dysfunction.
The emotional and physical challenges common to the perimenopausal and menopausal autistic community are of particular interest to me. Increasingly autistic women in their forties are finally being identified as such, and an official or self-diagnosis often sparks a greater awareness of needing to support their own wellbeing so that they may more fully enjoy the next phase of their life.
Most of my autistic clients are exceptionally well researched in their own individual health challenges and requirements, and so a significant part of my role as a coach is to listen. Often my clients already have a good idea of how to improve their own health but need validation, an objective insight and support for how to put those ideas into practice.
I support my clients with choosing their own supplementation, nutrition strategies and lifestyle changes but my role is primarily to empower my clients to elevate their own physical and emotional wellbeing with methods that fit within their own values.
As an autistic coach, my role is to support autistic people in thriving rather than surviving.
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