An easy-going, online mindfulness programme for recovery and counteracting the negative impacts of the modern world and harnessing autism as power.
Access the course at www.dialoguevillage.org
Living Mindfully Autistic – Mindfulness lifestyle tuition for Autistic people and their loved ones.
Our 9 week programme consists of 1 hour sessions in small online groups and includes a presentation and a guided meditation on a theme. A facilitated group conversation / Q&A session then follows, in which relevant topics are brought and shared by the participants. Experienced facilitators intuitively address the needs of the group in a semi-structured way, making it a suitable social setting for many autistic people.
As a regular group and solo practice, the benefits of a strengths-focussed mindful lifestyle aims to reduce the impact of stress, isolation and fragmentation in you, as an autistic person (or a family member of autistic persons), and to live a self-aware and more fulfilling, happier life.
We have been delivering the Mindfulness for Autism programme since 2020 for people in Scotland via Scottish Autism and from Summer 2022 will be hosting our own programmes.
‘Studies found that a mindfulness-based program of nine weekly sessions for adults with ASD reduced their comorbid symptoms, such as their symptoms of depression, anxiety, rumination, distrust and interpersonal sensitivity, and sleeping problems, and their positive effect increased.’ (Kiep et al. 2015; Spek et al) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5968048/
Examples of mindfulness for autism topics.
Each session is loosely based on a theme, with related information and exercises.
Being Friends with Silence
Self Care & Compassion
Releasing Tension, Stress & Emotion
Observation & Acceptance
Relationships & Unconditional Friendliness
Mindful Body with Vagal Healing
Grounding & Spacing
Emotions of Pain and Love
Talking & Listening Together
Mindful Poetry, Chanting & Music
Read more about Mindfulness for Autistic people on www.dialogica.uk
Is Autism a Stress Adaptation? L. Hogenkamp (2018)
“When we are stuck in an immobilised (hypo) state it can be hard to feel what is going on in your body because our interoceptive capacity has been turned off. When we are in a hyper- alert state, we can feel too much, or nothing. This skill of interoception is something that comes on and offline depending on what state we are in.” – Holly Bridges, Author, Reframing Autism and expert of the Polyvagal Theory https://zebr.co/