My family recently attended our local COVID 19 vaccine clinic.

All my family members are autistic, each of us experience various levels of anxiety and self-regulate our emotions differently

Planning appointments in advance gives our family an opportunity to arm ourselves with strategies based on the location, predicted circumstances and the surrounding environment.

My eldest brother uses his phone to distract his escalating thoughts eliminating overthinking and triggers.

My younger brother finds comfort in bringing a toy, which he uses as a conversation starter, reducing anxiety when meeting new people.

I personally find stim dancing calming, the repetitive movement helps me process, re-focus, decompress and self-regulate my anxiety.

For many autistics navigating the process of making an appointment and accessing unfamiliar social spaces is extremely overwhelming.

This is why I have teamed up with Autistic Organisation @amaze to help spread the word that there are supports available to help autistic families in Victoria access Covid 19 vaccination clinics.

Did you know a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO), can assist people who require additional support through the vaccination process for example booking a Low sensory environment Clinic to find out more click Here

#amazeautism #Autisminformation #AutismSupport #VaccinesWork #VaccinesSaveLives #Covid19

*****This is a paid partnership with Amaze*****

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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