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MGH Aspire helps children, teens, and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile make social connections and develop independence. At MGH Aspire our participants learn age and developmentally appropriate skills needed to succeed at home, school, in their communities or in the work place.
Leslie O’Brien, LICSW, Program Manager, Internship
A new year brings about reflection and optimism for a fresh start. Reflection often leads us to think back to experiences that did not go well. Mistakenly, we consider these past events as “failures.” For young adults on the autism spectrum, these perceived failures can include: a poor interaction with a friend, an interview that didn’t move forward, a family feud, misinterpreting a conversation with a colleague or supervisor, confusion about job responsibilities, a low grade on a test, tardiness to an important meeting, etc. Over the course of the year, these events can add up and often feel like a full tale of failure. Instead of looking back with regrets and misgivings, however, we can also use those experiences as valuable lessons, giving us a positive mindset to enter the New Year. The following are three steps of how to turn things around:
Sometimes it can feel “easier said than done” to change your mindset, build a plan of improvement and then follow it, but with a good support network, a structured preparation to track your movement, and self-appreciation, anything is possible. The largest barrier in most of our lives is actually ourselves. Forgive yourself for the “failures” in the past year. They were learning experiences, helped to develop who you are today and who you will become tomorrow.
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