There are many ways of getting support in addition to GPs and schools (which are always a very good start). The strategies that support ADHD and Autism can be really useful for neurotypical people too. However when sourcing private support for ADHD and Autism, be sure to look for professionals that have specific experience.
Much of the history of Autism and ADHD is littered with theories and strategies developed by neurotypical people; an outside/in approach. This is changing; the ND community wants to advocate from within, so seeking support from someone who is ND themselves or has lived experience of supporting ND can be hugely valuable.
Here are some of the services and support available:
1. Counselling/Therapy/Psychotherapy. These three words all mean essentially the same thing and are used interchangeably within the profession. ADHD/Autism leads to increased risk of anxiety, stress, depression and low self esteem due to the societal expectations of a neurotypical world. Counselling can help you heal from difficult past experiences, build confidence and autonomy and develop a toolkit of skills to manage life’s challenges. Click here to learn more about therapy with me.
2. Coaching. Difficulties with focus/distraction, emotional regulation, routines, sensory discomfort, social interactions can be supported with compassionate coaching. I am a firm advocate of imperfectionism. ND coaching needs to respect the inconsistency of the ADHD mind and the realities of of Autistic/ADHD experiences . Once we ditch ideas of perfectionism and the fear of failure which are often developed through a lifetime of masking and criticism, we are free to set goals which are adjustable and achievable. Your journey, your choices, your pace. Contact me to learn how I can coach you to reach your goals.
3. Self Help. Books, podcasts, webinars, workshops. Spend time with google. Honestly, there are so many ways to learn more about ADHD and Autism and to discover coping strategies to suit your unique needs.
4. Support Groups. Support groups can provide a space for people to connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges. These groups can be especially helpful for those who are feeling isolated or alone. I run a Facebook Support Community Different, not Less – Supporting Neurodivergent Lives, mainly focusing on ADHD and Autism. You do not have to be alone in this, reach out to me or the group, your tribe is waiting to meet you.
There are many professional services and much support available for Autism and ADHD. Whether you are looking for counselling, coaching or support groups, there are resources available to help you heal from painful experiences, improve your well-being and achieve your goals. And if you’re interested in working with a therapist and coach who specialises in neurodivergence, I am here to support you every step of the way.