There are a TON of different paths you could take when helping someone with Asperger’s. Where do you start? What will be most effective? What should you avoid?
If you are confused about how to actually get started, this article is for you.
Everything we do at Asperger Experts is based on personal, real-world experience living with Asperger’s every single day. Unlike the doctors, we don’t get to turn it off at the end of the day. So that means finding real solutions that work for our lives, as well as the lives of our customers and clients.
Over the years, we’ve developed the AE Process which guides people with Asperger’s and their families on how to improve life with Asperger’s.
It looks like this:
(If you’d like a breakdown of how the AE Process works, click here)
For most though, the AE Process can still seem overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you focus on?
The answer lies here: Stop fighting. Take a look at where you are, and then move from there. We call this “acceptance”.
A lot of people will focus on surface level situational things, like “How do I get my son to be motivated?”, or “How do I finally get them to take a shower?”
The surface level questions are important, but in order to truly see results we have to start at the true beginning, which is the root causes of the surface level issues.
This is what the AE Process looks like when you focus on root causes instead of surface level symptoms:
You start with Acceptance. Then you move onto Getting out of Defense Mode, Aligning your Influence Circles, learning how to Be With That, and establishing a solid foundation of communication.
Having a supportive community (such as our AE+ support group), and finding a good coach or mentor to provide perspective is your next step.
Essentially, 80% of your energy should be in the grey, orange and blue sections of the diagram. Focus on those areas and things will begin to change for the better.
As needed, go toward the outside of the circle to get help on specific issues (like video game addictions).
Where a lot of people go wrong is spending 99% of their time, energy, and money focusing on the outer section of the circle. These are those situational questions. They are always in reactive mode, chasing situations, getting burnt out from constantly putting out fires, then needing another boost of hope to continue.
Instead, focus inward. Focus on working on what you can control (yourself), and the results you’ve longed for will begin to show up.
For specific help with getting started with Asperger Experts, start with understanding The Sensory Funnel, AE Process and Defense Mode, and then go from there.
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If you’d like to skip the waiting and get immediate help, the best thing you can do is to join our AE+ support group, and purchase any of our 4 core courses (AE+ members get a 20% discount upon joining).