I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT MY KERRY’S PLACE AUTISM SERVICES’ AUTISM CONSULTANT WAS ABLE TO HELP ME WITH MY ANXIETY AND THE SEPARATION ANXIETIES I GET BEFORE LEAVING HOME.
My anxiety can make being away from home, and not being beside my parents, very difficult.
I recently went on a Hawaii trip with my grandma and I was very anxious about all the new things I wasn’t familiar with and all the things that could go wrong. I was also worried about going to camp after I got back, my Autism Consultant has helped me with creating tools I could use when I have those anxious times and when I need to calm down from an anxiety attack. She helped me with finding and thinking of things I could bring that would help me along the way.
One of the things shes done to help that I loved is she made me a checklist of the stuff I need and what to do if something happens that I don’t like, or don’t know how to handle. Another thing I’d like to thank her for is that she has also suggested that we did an audio recording of my parents so I could listen to that while I was on the plane to Hawaii so that if I got anxious I could listen to them, hear their voices, and make me feel more at home and comfortable.
The Autism Consultant also suggested that I take videos of my dogs so I can watch that too. She’s even walked me through the steps along the way like what’s going to happen at the airport, how the plane takes off, and what will happen at the hotel, at check in, and everything else I needed to know what was going to happen.
What I also love about my Autism Consultant is how much she understands every aspect of my autism diagnosis, because sometimes I have a hard time saying what I’m feeling and she is always is able to put into words for my parents or teachers or coaches to understand what I’m trying to get out or how to read my body language.
I LIKE KNOWING I HAVE SOMEONE OTHER THAN MY PARENTS ON MY SIDE WHO ‘GETS’ ME AND ALL MY QUIRKS AND DIFFICULTIES.
She’s also helped me understand myself and my diagnoses.
Everything Kerry’s Place and my Autism Consultant have done for me to help with my anxieties has been so much help for me and my parents. I’ve used every tool and everything she has suggested while I was there and it made the trip so much easier for me. Since she’s helped me so much I even requested that I see her before back to school because I know that she will help me with that too.