Inspiring change 100


If you want to start with asking what 100 means I’ll tell you, I don’t really know. It’s just that, possibly due to being autistic I can relate to my project better if I add a number to it and 100 seems to fit best of all the numbers that are available.

Meeting my autism diagnostician, and the fact that she used to talk to me in a different way – and it worked, made me think that possibly I think in a different way. That was 2016, so quite a few years ago, and during that time I did my own research – on myself, and I discovered concepts that are not normally being talked to in relation to autism.

In here, however, I focus on communication and I have a little exercise for you: writing inspiring poem about change but writing it in a way that an autistic person will find it easy to relate to.

We, autistics, have issues with accepting change and I came up with this exercise while doing a neuroplasticity course: I thought, what if non autistic people write those poems for us to read so that we can practice the concept of change in a safe way: in our heads. Who knows, maybe it will help us somehow? Of course autistic people are also welcomed to take part but when I tried, I ended up with: ‘Change is questioning other people motives’ and that’s not what we want here.

Please also do not use language that is too complicated, with many figures of speech. We may find it difficult to understand what you mean.

An excellent example is the following:

Change is by Ann Silvers

Change is exercise,

Reading a book,

Mending a heart,

Prayer.

Change is learning to walk,

Adolescent dating,

Raising children,

Menopause.

Change is a red light,

Can’t go this way,

Take another route,

Stop.

Change is a yellow light,

Decisions to make,

Tentative steps,

Caution.

Change is a green light,

Time to move,

Opportunity knocks,

Go.

The above poem is written exactly in the way that we, autistics, find it easy to relate to: contains positive but general statements and doesn’t contain words we, us, me, you, I – we know we are different so including those words cause us to feel resistance. You probably also noticed that the poem doesn’t contain empty promises – that is very important as we could end up taking them directly (if we’re very young) or reject it entirely (if we’re a bit older).

It would be great if you write something similar: focused on positives but also realistic, starting with Change is and not including ‘me, you, us, we, I’. Don’t make it too long, 8 to 20 lines would be ideal.

Results will be published on the blog.

Thank you.

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