power of thought- and how what we actually think effects our neurology. Fascinating stuff.
It's the basis for much of Cognitive Behavior Therapy which recognizes that what we think about ourselves, our environment and relationships can impact our interactions with them. So changing our narrative changes our behavior and perceptions as well. Consider the individual on the spectrum (or anyone for that matter) who has an internal narrative "I am not good at anything. I can not do it." This can be common for individuals who so frequently engage in black and white thinking, or all or nothing thinking. Sometimes linked to one negative experience in a sea of otherwise positive or neutral experiences.
What would the likelihood be that the individual would ever want to try anything new? Slim to none! Changing that internal narrative can have an immense impact on a person's ability to navigate the world.
Interesting is a blog post about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with individuals on the spectrum, complete with research findings.
CBT with Individuals on the Spectrum
"My approach to intervention is rooted in respect for child development and focuses on making the mundane meaningful, looking at daily interactions as opportunities for learning and growth while respecting the uniqueness of the individual and family. It’s about setting high expectations for long term quality of life and relationships for individuals on the spectrum and implementing a specific and doable plan to get there one step at a time.”
– Lauren Wilson, LCSW, RDI® Program Certified Consultant