Coaching and Aspergers: when the world gets too big for its boots
I am pleased to share a wonderful post from one of the partners I am proud to work with, Result CIC. Jordan was one of those clients who taught me so much - about the world, the world of Aspergers, about myself and who I am as a coach. I loved the sessions and will be ever indebted to Jordan's imagination, willingness and honesty. And humour - it was good to laugh along the way as he journeyed from 'Frustrated on Social Media' to 'Productive Author'. A true inspiration.
See the original blog post, and find out more about how Result CIC help people access coaching through their Inclusion Fund, here: http://www.resultcic.com/article/coaching-and-aspergers-syndrome
I’m Jordan, I’m mixed race from a background of English, Irish, Polish, and black Caribbean decent. I have lived with Asperger’s Syndrome for the last twenty-five years of my life.
I struggle with all aspects of what comes associated with the Asperger’s condition and here are a few that I’ve definitely tussled with: sensitive to noise, not being able to understand empathising and sympathising and communicating with others, social interactions. I struggle with taking things literally or too logically, getting easily frustrated and angry.
By having these coaching sessions, they have managed to positively change my perspective on the way I used to think about the world, those who’re around me and those who are complete strangers.
Coaching was offered to me and although I was very hesitant about it, I decided to engage with it. My coach herself was very experienced in her field of work and made me feel comfortable, making the sessions all about me, which I loved, not at all did I feel forced to divulge important and personal information nor did I feel judged by her. I felt she was here for my wellbeing and that she really cared about how I was feeling.
I never thought I was good at so many things before I had these sessions. Finding ways to tinker and experiment with my way of rethinking with a clear mind was very fascinating, and so this helped me to cope in my own chaotic version of the world.
Coaching helped me with getting rid of some negative thoughts, helped me with frustration, and helped me with distracting myself, especially as I had huge issues with social media and the negative feedback I would sometimes receive.
My confidence is so much better that I’m now over 40,000 words into writing my own book on Asperger’s and the autism spectrum. My issues with social media in the past are none existent.
I would very much recommend coaching to anyone and everyone who feels the pressures of the world becoming a bit too big for its boots. I will always treasure and appreciate the time, patience and effort gone into me making me enjoy life that much more.