Daniel Sohege is a communications manager for an anti-child trafficking charity and the director of Stand For All. He presented a personal, practical and informative webinar on autism, diagnosis, social media and special interests.
Diagnosed with autism at the age of 27, he offered grounded advice for other autistic people when following their special interests and using social media as a communications tool.
Here’s a summary of the webinar and some action points for you to consider.
Autistic people can often pursue their special interests intensely. This is particularly the case when your job can also be your special interest. Burn out and mental exhaustion can be risks and should be avoided. When you sense burn out, step away from your special interest. Set your boundaries and switch to another activity: perhaps a walk or creative – and less mentally demanding – pastime.
Diagnosis in adulthood can be a life changing experience. Take time to accept these changes at your own pace and on your own terms. You can also decide on the terms and circumstances of your disclosure.
Social media can be place of arguments, abuse and bullying. It can also be a safe place to exchange information, knowing that you can switch off or move to another task. Decide on your rules of engagement. Be wary of other people who engage in bad faith. You can also use social media to show your strengths and break down stereotypes.
Be kind to yourself.