I learned I have autism. The way I found out wasn't that great of an experience but overall I'm excited to learn about what I have been blessed with that has been a superpower to me all my life.
I recently asked ChatGPT a question because of my curiosity. The question i asked artificial intelligence was more a set a keywords that I wanted to see what would come up when I entered them. The key word search is in the question below.
I will be using this as a basis for my podcast at the bottom of this page in the Autism My Superpower Season 1, Episode 4.
Question: “things people with autism should know when they find out they have autism” is what I asked in quotes to ChatGPT 3.5. The answer it gave me is as follows:
Discovering that you have autism can be a significant moment in your life, and it may raise various questions and emotions. Here are some important things for individuals with autism to know when they find out they have autism:
1. You Are Not Alone: Many people have autism, and there is a vibrant and supportive autism community. Reach out to support groups and connect with others who can relate to your experiences.
2. Autism Is Part of Who You Are: Autism is not something to be "cured." It's a fundamental aspect of your identity, and it can bring unique strengths and perspectives to your life.
3. Self-Acceptance: Accepting yourself and your autism is an important step in your journey. Embrace your strengths, acknowledge your challenges, and be kind to yourself.
4. Understanding Your Sensory Sensitivities: Many individuals with autism have sensory sensitivities. Learning what triggers discomfort and how to manage these sensitivities can improve your daily life.
5. Communication: Autism can affect communication skills. Consider speech therapy or alternative communication methods, like using visual aids or assistive technology, to help express yourself.
6. Advocate for Your Needs: It's essential to communicate your needs to others, whether it's related to sensory issues, social situations, or accommodations in school or at work.
7. Education and Resources: Take the time to educate yourself about autism. Learning more about your own unique challenges and strengths can empower you to make informed decisions.
8. Early Intervention: If you were diagnosed as a child, early intervention services can be very beneficial. However, it's never too late to seek support and therapy tailored to your specific needs.
9. Embrace Your Special Interests: Many individuals with autism have deep interests and passions. These interests can be a source of joy and fulfillment. Embrace and explore them.
10. Seek Support: It's okay to ask for help when needed. This may include therapy, counseling, or support from friends and family.
11. Autism Is a Spectrum: Remember that autism is a spectrum, which means that there is a wide range of experiences and abilities within the autism community. What works for one person may not work for another.
12. Embrace Neurodiversity: Recognize that diversity in how our brains work is a part of the natural variation of humanity. The world benefits from different perspectives and abilities.
13. Set Realistic Goals: While it's essential to challenge yourself, it's also important to set realistic goals and expectations. Progress may take time, and that's okay.
14. Be Patient with Others: Understand that not everyone may be familiar with autism, so be patient with those who may not fully understand your experiences. Educate when appropriate.
15. Focus on Your Strengths: Autism often comes with unique talents and strengths. Embrace and nurture these talents, as they can be a source of pride and success.
16. Take Care of Your Mental Health: Many individuals with autism may experience co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Seek professional help if needed and prioritize self-care.
17. Advocate for Awareness: If you are comfortable, consider sharing your experiences to raise awareness and promote understanding of autism in your community.
Remember, discovering you have autism is just the beginning of a personal journey. Embrace your unique qualities, seek the support and resources you need, and live a fulfilling life that celebrates your strengths and individuality.
End ChatGPT 3.5
This method gave me something to work from in the podcast below. If the embed doesn't show up click on this link.