"Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine." – Alan Turing, creator of the first computer used to break codes during WW II.
In this post, we shall look at some Self Care Tips for Adults with Autism which will help them to be independent in different degrees over time. These tips provide caregivers with the knowledge on how to be of assistance while simultaneously encouraging autonomy.
1. Stress reduction and calming techniques such as meditation, deep breathing can do wonders for all of us in life. They help in calming a person quite a bit so that any maladaptive behavior, self-harm or meltdowns can be prevented. It is imperative to make this a part of their daily routine so that they can reap the benefits over time.
2. Individuals with ASD can be overwhelmed or even feel the opposite of sensory overload in other cases. Taking small actions to remove a trigger goes a long way. For example, if a person is bothered by bright lights, let them experiment with low-level blue lights which have a soothing effect. Soothe your senses" is the motto.
3. Simplifying daily tasks that can be deemed as stressful into smaller parts is very useful. The strategy taught at a young age reaps its windfall as children mature into adults. This is called the "chaining method". Convert every task into a series of links on a chain. For example, making a simple breakfast can be converted into a series of small tasks/links on a chain.
4. Many tools are available in the market for adults with autism for self-care. A self-help toolbox needs to be created by a caregiver or a loved one. These can contain items such as bite band for anxious chewers or moldable putty to squeeze out stress and improve motor skills.
5. Be kind and gentle on yourself. Stay positive and remember bad days happen to all of us. There is always tomorrow.
6. Indulge in activities that you enjoy and are of interest. It could be anything, for example, swimming, horse riding, playing a musical instrument or gardening. It keeps you occupied and engaged.
7. Engage the sensory organs. Some persons on the spectrum are moved by certain textures/senses which they find pleasurable. For example, a particular fragrance, touch of a particular object, or a chiming sound.
8. Give yourself some "me alone" time. Spend time with yourself and find your inner peace.
9. Feel your emotions (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Feeling these emotions leads to better processing which leads to a calmer state of mind.