Another great post from Sam – I hope lots of people read (and use) this info!
Thinking upon three autistics, my middle son (age seventeen), my adult partner, and myself, the following things assist:
- Having things out in the open. When items are out in the open and I can see them and know there is ‘enough.’ This applies to real concrete objects and other people’s thoughts and opinions. When something is hidden or out of sight, my mind tends to go off track and focus on what’s missing. Having someone be transparent and upfront helps me to stay focused on the immediate present and not drift into the land of what ifs. Having things in reach and out in the open, such as one pair of socks (sorted and ready for every day of the week) and toilet paper rolls (the extra ones), and things I use every day (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and pertinent notes) makes life predictable and easier. I even like…
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