Happy Saturday, readers!
For the first official blog post, I felt it was necessary to address the obvious...
"Missing Link 4 Autism" poses an important question that can be interpreted very differently by each individual: "What is the missing link?". I believe we all have a missing link in our lives, especially when we are living off balance. Often that missing piece changes during each stage of our lives. We may be living a very healthy and active lifestyle, but are lacking a social connection. Some of us may be surrounded by friends and loved ones, but are neglecting our physical health. Human beings are extremely complex and require nourishment in all aspects of life in order to thrive. When something is missing, we can feel it. If we're in tune with our inner selves than we can recognize these missing parts of us within ourselves and begin to practice self care in order to achieve balance.
Unfortunately many individuals with ASD can not recognize what their "missing link" is. They still feel the same sense of longing that the rest of us do. Biologically, they require the same social, physiological, and emotional needs. The only difference is that those with ASD have a harder time creating structure and balance in their lives. Thats where Missing Link 4 Autism comes in. The beautiful people at this non profit organization have recognized that the missing link is in fact social connection. What I love about this organization is that by developing the structured teen support club, Breaking Thru Barriers; they've created a safe space for connection to take place. Many teens in today's society choose to hangout at house parties or unsafe environments simply because there is nowhere else to go. Breaking Thru Barriers allows all teens to come together and connect. Typical adolescents are able to socialize with those with ASD and see them as peers.
Whatever your "missing link" is, may you find your safe space to discover what you need. We all deserve to thrive and by coming together we can all create harmony within ourselves and the community. After all, we are all not that different deep down.
Have a safe weekend!