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Breaking Free

The 8 Simple Steps To An Independent & Thriving Life

Great For Teenagers & Young Adults

About This Class

"I want to become independent and live my own life without my parents, but whenever I think about it I get stuck and don't know how to proceed. Why can't my parents just leave me alone and let me figure it out?"

If you struggle with gaining the skills, capacity & money you need to become independent, while at the same time trying to survive the crushing stress, guilt & shame of daily life... this course is for you. We'll take you by the hand and give you, over 8 weeks, a comprehensive, step-by-step plan that shows you exactly how to break free & become independent while, at the same time reducing your daily stress, based on our own experiences of living with Asperger's & our almost decade worth of professional knowledge & perspective from working with thousands of young adults in similar situations.

At the end of our 8 weeks together, you'll not only have a solid plan, but you'll know the exact steps to finally achieve independence... and have fun doing it. So if you are ready to finally make progress and get unstuck, you've come to the right place.

This course is a hybrid live & recorded, 8 week course, designed for teenagers and young adults on the autistic spectrum (diagnosed or not). Each week, you'll get a recorded lesson & discussion, that covers both the high level strategy & theory, as well as nuts & bolts examples & situations so that you know exactly what to do and how to do it. Feel free to go through the lesson at your own pace, you have access to it for life. Then, every Wednesday, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A phone session with your fellow students and the AE Staff. This is your chance to get clarification, help with your specific challenges and learn from others. We'll send out the recording to those calls once they are completed.

We know that sometimes you need help right in the moment, and can't wait until next Wednesday, so a private Q&A discussion forum will also be available so you can get your questions answered by the other participants & the AE staff on a timetable that works for you. In order to keep class sizes small so that everyone can participate, there are a very limited number of spots available for this class. Enroll today as we start on September 28th.

What Will I Learn?

How To Get Jobs & Volunteer Gigs
The easiest way to get hired for jobs & volunteer opportunities in areas you are already interested in
Advanced Stress Reduction Tools
Tools and strategies to immediately reduce your stress and feel better now
Reducing Blind Spots
Ways to see the next step, get unstuck and improve your relationship with others
The Independence Ladder
The 5 steps that bring you toward independence (that have to be done in the right order or they won't work)

Who Is This Class For?

Great For...
Young Adults
Teenagers who want to be prepared to become independent
Not So Great For...
People who aren't willing to examine their own habits & beliefs

Class Curriculum

Week 1: Understanding The Independence Ladder

"I tried to become independent, but its overwhelming and I don't know where to start."

If you don't follow the steps of the independence ladder in the right order, the right sequence and the right scale, you'll remain stuck. So this first week focuses on the specific order and specific steps to follow. Think of it as a big picture overview.

Topics Include:

The Right Order
If you don't climb the independence ladder in the right order, you won't get anywhere.
Emotional Resource Theory
Understanding the 5 key resources you need in order to become independent is essential to getting unstuck & making progress
Patterns & Recipes
We can't tell you specifically what to do because we don't know your context, but we CAN give you patterns & recipes that you can adapt to your specific situation
Week 2: The Physiology of Defense Mode

"I feel like there's something broken or wrong with me."

There's a big difference between a disease (like cancer), and a disorder (like Asperger's) and understanding that difference is key to our later steps, so that's our focus this week.

Topics Include:

Moral Failing or Low Tone?
How do you determine the difference between a moral failing and a biological inefficiency?
Physiologcal Markers of Defense Mode
How do you know when you are in Defense Mode, and what do you do about it once you know?
More Than The Thoughts You Think
Limiting beliefs & thoughts aren't the only things that keep you stuck....
Week 3: The Science of Stress Reduction

"I'm really stressed and nothing seems to work"

If you don't understand the science of stress, it's very hard to relax, unwind and know to to find a peaceful place within. So in this week, we're talking about the science of stress & relaxation.

Topics Include:

Practice... and Rest
The scientific importance of resting & relaxing in a very specific way
3 Ways To Care For Yourself
What are the 3 best ways to relax, do self care and actively calm down your nervous system?
The Difference Between Rest & Recreation
There's a BIG difference between recreational activities and relaxation activities, and if you don't know that difference you will end up stressed out, but thinking you are relaxed. Which means you'll stay stuck.
Week 4: Advanced Self Care Tools

"I'd like to learn proven, tested tools to reduce my stress that I can use whenever, wherever."

This is the week where we'll teach you advanced tools for relaxation and nervous system regulation, so that you can feel better and not be so stressed.

Topics Include:

Tools & Strategies
Specific tools, strategies & methods to relax and allow your nervous system to settle... so you aren't wound up and stressed 24/7
Specific Examples
Examples and methods to show you what doing proper self care & relaxation looks like
Step-By-Step How To's
Specific, step by step guidance for relaxation & self care using a variety of methods
Week 5: The Ability To See

"I don't know what to do next, and I can't figure out what the problem is"

This week is all finding, building and cultivating a greater perspective on the stuck points in your life through seeking more contrast.

Topics Include:

Intentionally Gaining Contrast
5 specific ways to gain contrast, increase your perspective and know what to do next
The Importance of Perspective
Why is gaining perspective important anyway?
How To Measure
If you aren't measuring the right thing, you won't know if you are making progress toward your goal
Week 6: The Stories You Tell Yourself

"I don't think I am capable enough"

The stories you tell about your capacity (what you can handle) and causality (what happened in the past and why) are one of the strongest influencers on your future, so this week is all about examining & changing those stories (when appropriate).

Topics Include:

Where Do Our Stories Come From?
Where does your self identity and the stories that you tell about what you can and cannot do come from?
Whats The Difference Between A Story & A Fact?
How do you tell the difference between a story (something that you can't prove) and a fact (something that you can prove)?
How To Change Your Mind About Yourself (If You Want To)
What are the steps needed to change your mind about yourself?
Week 7: Loops of Competence

"I don't feel like I am valued in the world"

This week focuses on the specific steps needed in order to feel more confident, competent and capable in the world so that you can make money and contribute to others.

Topics Include:

Finding Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities
How do you easily find jobs & volunteer opportunities that align with your current interests?
Why Not Seeing Your Value Is A Good Thing
Here's why its totally ok to not see the value in yourself
Creating Competence Loops
How to create a specific type of feedback loop that makes it effortless to gain self esteem and belief in yourself
Week 8: "Yeah, but..." and "What if?"

"I'm stuck again, help!"

Look, new problems and new challenges are inevitable. So this final week is all about how to resolve new issues as they present themselves, and knowing when to pivot and when to put your head down and stay on the same path. This is also our "catch-all" week for anything that we did not cover previously, and questions that were raised during the course that need a bit more time to answer.

Topics Include:

Troubleshooting & Problem Solving
What do you do when the process isn't working (and how do you tweak it so that it does?)
Different Tools For Different Jobs
How do you identify which tool you need to solve which type of problem?
Building Healthy Habits
How do you do what you know you need to in order to build and maintain healthy habits?

Class Schedule

Week 1: Understanding The Independence Ladder
September 28th - 6 AM PDT
Week 1 released
September 30th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 2: The Physiology of Defense Mode
October 5th - 6 AM PDT
Week 2 released
October 7th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 3: The Science of Stress Reduction
October 12th - 6 AM PDT
Week 3 released
October 14th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 4: Advanced Self Care Tools
October 19th - 6 AM PDT
Week 4 released
October 21st - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 5: The Ability To See
October 26th - 6 AM PDT
Week 5 released
October 28th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 6: The Stories You Tell Yourself
November 2nd - 6 AM PDT
Week 6 released
November 4th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 7: Loops of Competence
November 9th - 6 AM PDT
Week 7 released
November 11th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session
Week 8: "Yeah, but..." and "What if?"
November 16th - 6 AM PDT
Week 8 released
November 18th - 3:45 PM PDT
Live Q&A Session


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Online, Hybrid Live & Recorded Course
8 Weeks of Lessons & Q&A
Enrollment Ends On September 27th @ 9 PM Pacific
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which portions of the class are live and which are recorded?

Each week you'll get 1 recorded lecture, which is yours to keep and something you can watch & listen to at your own pace. Then every Wednesday at 3:45 PM Pacific Time for the length of the 8 week course, we'll invite you to join us for a live Q&A session where you can call in and get your questions answered by the AE Staff, and hear from others going through the course.

What happens if I can't make the live Q&A calls?

No problem! Just post your question in our dedicated class forum and we'll answer them there!

Can I access the class on more than 1 device?

Absolutely. You can login to your account and access the class from any modern device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc).

What happens if I can't make that weeks class?

No problem! We send you each weeks lesson as a recorded lecture, so you can listen to it at your own pace. It never expires. Q&A Calls happen every Wednesday at 3:45 PM PDT and the recordings will be sent to you after.

If I'm outside the USA, can I still join the class?

Absolutely! This class is open to anyone worldwide who wants to learn.

Who is this class for?

This class is designed for young adults & teenagers. If you want your parent to attend, they are welcome to, but they may also be interested in our co-occuring class specific for them, called "The Accountability Plan: How To Hold Someone With Asperger's Accountable... without enabling, excuses or walking on eggshells".

Have a question that wasn't covered? Email us at help@aspergerexperts.com to get in touch.
Have a question that wasn't covered? Email us at help@aspergerexperts.com to get in touch.
Ryan Jones


This is a good course for anyone interested in being less stressed in day to day life. 


It gave me more insights and encouraging perspectives on life. It helped me see the importance of vagal tone. It helped me learn to face my fears with goals and smaller goals.

Response from the author:


This class seems to be exactly what my grandson, who is 32, needs. I would like to take the class for parents. When will  Breaking Free & this class for parents be offered again?  Also, what is the total cost for the Breaking Free class and the class for parents, if taken during the same 8 week timeframe? Is it possible to get on a Waiting List, now, for the next time these two classes are offered? 

Thank you,

Patricia Ellsworth 


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