Self-Advocacy and Autism

Self-advocacy skills are essential for an individual with a disability to ensure they can be independent and feel a sense of belonging in their community and family. Therapists and teachers can help individuals to become aware of their strengths and learn to feel comfortable with whom they are. Families can learn how to support and foster self awareness therefore increasing an individual’s ability to self advocate. The characteristics of autism that affect an individual’s ability to advocate for themselves, as well as how the family can be affected and have an influence on the individual’s growth will be discussed. The history of self-advocacy will be touched on, as well as Alfred Adler’s belief of social interest and how it fits well with an individual’s success with self-advocacy. Other psychotherapeutic approaches that fit well with the Adlerian approach will also be discussed.

Kimberly K. Busse
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