What is a Negative thought blocker journal ?

How does it work for my family?

Over the years I have mentioned a strategy I call a thought blocker or stopper journal.

The idea is to change your negative thought patterns, in a sense blocking them or changing a way of thinking. Here is an example;

I find travelling difficult sometimes, my thoughts in my head become overrun with ideals related to the worse case scenarios.

I worry we might crash , we might get a flat tyre or we may become stranded on the roadside with no phone reception.

I started to write happy thoughts in a journal.

This journal I would carry everywhere with me.

Every time I had a happy moment I would write about it, take photos or draw something that had meaning for me.I would list my strengths and what I do well

Every time I started to get negative thoughts or feelings I would look in my journal to remind me of all the positive things in my life.

When kids at school bullied me , my journal reminded me how amazing and special I am .My family also contributed by adding amazing moments that happened when we were all together .Over time , I didn’t need to use my journal to remind me about how amazing my life is because I have all those memories stored up in my head.

Those memories replace the negative thoughts

.I started my happy thoughts journal when I was very young this maybe the reason I can always find the silver lining in nearly every scenario. TIP; you can also get friends, teachers and other supports to write in your journal to remind you how important you are to them or how much they admire the authentic you

Summer

*This is from my own autistic perspective not a representative of all autistic* experiences

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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