Autism Advocacy Network

Don’t Say Suffers from Autism

Folks prefer that you don’t say someone suffers from autism. The language we use to talk about autism can have a big impact on how people are perceived. What you say or don’t say can have a powerful impact on inclusion and emotional wellbeing.

Negative language surrounding autism can be hurtful and make people feel isolated and misunderstood.

It’s important to be mindful of the words we use when talking about autism, as they can help to break down barriers and create a more inclusive society.

Some words and phrases that are often used in a negative way include ‘suffers from’, ‘afflicted by’, ‘stricken with’. These terms in phrases like ‘he suffers from autism’ imply that there is something wrong with being autistic, which is not the case.

Instead of using negative language, it’s better to focus on the individual strengths and abilities of people with autism. This will help to change the perception of autism from being a disorder or condition to simply being a different way of thinking and processing information.

When it comes to autism, the use of positive language can make all the difference. For instance, instead of saying “autistic children are difficult to deal with,” try using phrases like “children with autism may require a little extra patience and understanding.” This small change in wording can help to create a more positive and understanding attitude in those who interact with autistic individuals on a daily basis.

In addition, using positive language when communicating with someone with autism can help to foster a more positive relationship. For example, instead of asking “why can’t you look me in the eye when we talk?,” try saying “I know it can be difficult to make eye contact, but it really helps me feel connected to you.” This type of positivity can help the individual feel more comfortable and willing to engage in social interactions.

Overall, the use of positive language is crucial when interacting with individuals with autism. By using positive phrasing, we can help to create a more understanding and supportive world for those who live with this condition.

As you may realize self-esteem is a vital component of mental health. It is our overall evaluation of ourselves; how we feel about our worth and whether we like or respect ourselves. People with high self-esteem including those with autism feel confident and good about themselves most of the time, even when they make mistakes. They are able to learn from their mistakes and move on. People with low self-esteem may dwell on their mistakes and feel bad about themselves long after the event. They may also have a negative view of themselves and believe that they are incapable or unworthy.

Self-esteem is not fixed and is an important part of people’s lives, including autistics. It can change over time, depending on our experiences and how we perceive them. Our self-esteem can be affected by our environment, the people around us, and even our own thoughts and behaviors. You can easily relate in your own life, even if you are not autistic.

A healthy self-esteem is important for our mental health and wellbeing. It enables you and others to cope with life’s challenges, bounce back from setbacks, and pursue our goals and dreams. When self-esteem is low, we may experience anxiety, depression, low motivation, and social withdrawal. Where applicable folks may also be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse.

Everyone, including you, deserves respect and dignity.

So not say he or she suffers from autism.

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