Let’s have a conversation about informed decisions

Working with my business mentor I have discovered that some decision making strategies that are used in business can be used in making decisions in everyday life.

Autistics often find making decisions difficult.

Especially if past decisions have had a negative outcome.

Or we have never been empowered or given a chance to develop the skills that help us make our own or good decisions.

For me making decisions often fills me with self doubt and anxiety.

Even more challenging in the past I have had adults come into my life and influence my decisions to benefit themselves or their own agenda’s.

As a vulnerable young person what can I do to ensure I am making the right decisions, and surrounding myself with the right people ?How can I know that I am entering into the right partnership, collaboration or finding the right NDIS service provider .I found making a list of the things that are important to me for example ;Its important to me that those I spend time with value animals in the same way that I do.

When working along aside animals , I believe in an equal and reciprocal partnership. A partnership that values the needs of both human and animals.

When I am looking for an animal assisted service provider, I ask questions during my enquiry, I ask ;About their training views and techniques.

How they view their partnership with the animal they are working beside.

I look at webpages to see what type of environment is being provided.

Gathering information can help me make an informed decision and I can also look at my list of core values and see if they align.

Another core value example that I feel passionate about is independence.

Does the partnership encourage Independence. Or help build and develop skills to help nurture independence.

In the past I have been in situations where my choices have been limited, and the choices I have been provided with are choices that are for the benefit of someone else.

Or the choices that I am given do not require much effort or facilitating. The choices do not encourage growth and independent thinking.

In a partnership you should be able to have your own opinions that encourage you to grow and evolve .Young autistics it is never wrong to ask question to gather information to help you make an informed decision .It is okay to change your mind if the core values no longer align with your service provider, social groups or even your hairdresser.

You are the decider of your own destiny

Summer

Published by Autistic Perspectives

__________ Summer Farrelly is 15-year-old Autistic Advocate, Public speaker, Inclusion & Education Consultant, Artist, Chicken Whisperer, Animal Assisted Learning Program Creator & Facilitator , Animal Therapies LTD Ambassador and The A List Ambassador. A daughter of a late diagnosed autistic mother and a sister of two autistic brothers. Summer believes her lived experience as an autistic individual and living within a family that consists of multiple autistic members, each with their own complexities, will provide both a relatable and diverse perspective For the last 5 years Summer has been sharing her personal insight and the benefits of human and animal connection. Often stepping out of her comfort zone sharing vulnerable, raw, and real moments of life challenges faced by young autistic teens in hope to educate and inspire others. Summer has become a recognised and valued contributor within the Animal Assisted Learning and Therapy platforms. Summer’s connection with animals has provided her with the strength needed to navigate life as an autistic teen who faces daily challenges of self-harm, ADD, PTSD, anxiety, Reactive depression, and Dyslexia. Summer’s journey is about understanding herself emotionally through their connection with animals more importantly this journey is about understanding herself and practicing self-care. About Animal Assisted Learning Program ‘Chickens to Love’ Summer developed Animal Assisted Learning Program Chickens to Love for Autistic and other Neurodivergent people (this includes anyone who may be ADHD, ADD, ABI or anyone whose brain is not considered “typical”). I created Chickens to Love as an inclusive program, to benefit everyone and include everyone, because neurodiversity is part of biodiversity. We all can benefit from understanding ourselves, our emotions, and the perspectives of others. Our communities must understand and learn the importance of a deeper level of compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences. Neurodivergent people, are often encouraged or forced to fit in to everyone else’s way of seeing the world. The Cultivation of self-esteem in ones self-starts with self-love, self-acceptance and having the ability to embrace one’s true authentic self. Chickens to Love is designed from a neurodivergent and animal (Chicken) perspective to better understand social dynamics, emotions (ours and other people’s), other people’s perspectives, consent, respectful touch, resilience, self-acceptance, empowerment and how to self-advocate. Animals can change our lives. Never underestimate the power of them!

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