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Shouting Above The Noise

There’s a social hum, a constant clatter of superficial chit-chat that the ‘neuro-typical’ among us rarely notice. For many people who live with Asperger’s or have been diagnosed as Autistic it is an annoying, intrusive and sometimes bafflingly repetitive din above which they cannot be heard.

The logic and reasoning of the ‘outside’ world can seem surprisingly unreliable, unstable and ridiculously randomised to a person who thinks, perceives and behaves in the ordinary world from an autistic perspective. It can make a person want to shout out above the white sound of social noise. That’s a behaviour that others can find alarming and unreasonable. For many people who are identified as autistic, maintaining the social codes and accepted behaviours their communities expect can be at least difficult and often impossible to meet.

ubu support and enable people who live with autism to find positive ways to interact and engage in society without losing their particular and exceptional ways of seeing, understanding, recording and analysing the world. This works by recognising each person’s strengths, understanding what they need to feel confident and respect what is important to them. We are committed to helping individuals to find their voice and to see beyond what they’ve been told they can’t do, focus on recognising and doing all the extraordinary things that they can succeed at.

It’s not easy to ‘fit in’ or even to want to be included in a world that doesn’t seem to relate to or cope with the autistic style of thinking. For people who meet individuals in our communities who are living with autism, they can seem withdrawn and unresponsive or strange and sometimes random in the ways they behave. How we express ourselves reflects what we are trying to achieve or what we are trying to get away from. When our behaviour seems to challenge what people consider to be ‘normal’ they often dismiss it as meaningless and even destructive.

Using Positive Behavioural Support, (not using punishment or threatening behaviour which just makes things worse). Empower not overpower. Seeking behaviours which are helpful and helping to reinforce/strengthen those rather than concentrating only on the negatives. Anticipating where things can go right and where they can go wrong. Thinking about what triggers difficulty, removing threats and stress, preventing the build-up of behaviours from simple expression to more challenging to dangerous. Responding rather than reacting to behaviours so that a person does not have to constantly fail.

Trying to see how the world looks, how the social buzz sounds, feel the distractions of physical contact and sometimes grapple with the lack of reason and logic is the challenge for those who enable people living with autism to find independence and a place to be in their communities.

We need to appreciate, understand and find flexible strategies to build a personalised framework for positive behaviour for each individual. It’s a holistic approach that’s needed. Paying attention to detail, seeing how a small behaviour is a clue to what makes a person feel compromised and uncomfortable. When it’s not recognised there is a need to escalate the behaviour to cope and get attention so that the person can find a way to be without pain and confusion.

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