The cards are written against this background to help both the individual on the spectrum, and for other people to understand where they are coming from and recognise how best they can be supported.The Autism and Me set are designed to have conversations between people on the autism spectrum who are higher functioning (Aspergers).The image shows Jamie & George speaking on Three Counties Radio about having autism and working for The Play Doctors.The autism all about me cards are divided into 4 sections with questions on raising self esteem and confidence (often low or lacking in people with Aspergers syndrome who are more aware that they feel different from others), emotions, behaviour and actions and social interaction and communication.A person who has HIV can feel healthy for many years; they do not know they have HIV unless they get a special blood test.A well-worded question is the quickest way to connect after a long day.We call them starters because we imagine they will spark a deeper conversation about the things that matter to you.
Questions to help talk about emotions and behaviour include: What helps you calm down when you feel cross? How can other people tell what you are feeling inside?The cards help to get to the know the individual more, to find out how best they can be supported as an individual by taking a person centred approach.I use all of the cards during training, and ask learners to read the questions and consider the answer from the young person’s perspective for Autism all about me and from others perspectives in relation to Autism all about me and others.There are also questions that relate to how someone on the spectrum may feel, but have difficulty in expressing it.If you had a photo of the thing that makes you scared what would it be? The questions help the individual to visualise something, before asking a question.These may not always be easy for a young person on the spectrum to answer.Allow them to hold the card as it helps to hold something when thinking or when someone is nervous.Some of the questions area designed to be challenging to professionals and include questions such as How do you adapt your planning and communication to respond to the child’s own learning style? There can be many types of feelings, worry, responsibility, anger, jealousy.Siblings are not always given the opportunity to have conversations about how they feel having a brother/sister on the spectrum.These Conversation Starters provide a way to begin conversations with youth in a way that is simple and straightforward. But we may not recognize that they are currently forming relationship norms for the future.The prevalence of cyber bullying and teen dating violence is climbing at bewildering rates.