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  • Recognise that there is a lot you don’t know about me or can’t see.
  • Create a safe space for me to be authentically myself.
  • Keep an open mind and be flexible.
  • Take the time to listen and learn from me.
  • Understand that my support needs may fluctuate during the day.
  • Get to know me – you might find out I am really fun.
  • Give me the opportunity to show you I can be a great friend or co-worker.
  • Understand that I may say or do things that are unexpected.
  • Be patient and kind, don’t judge me.
  • Work with me to structure my day with the things that give me energy (strengths and interests).
  • Make sure the environment supports my needs.
  • Support change constructively.
  • Respect an individual’s needs.
  • Get to know me – you might find out I am really fun.
  • Give me the opportunity to show you I can be a great friend or co-worker.
  • Allow me to express my feelings and thoughts in different ways and at different times.
  • Listen to the words I am using or what I am saying. Don’t read into the tone or my body language.
  • Learn to speak my “language” (how I like to communicate). I may not say the things you expect to hear but my actions may demonstrate my thoughts.
  • If you want to know how I am feeling, feel free to ask directly.
  • Acknowledge and validate my feelings.
  • Understand that this can be exhausting for me.
  • Create an environment where I can take down my mask and be my authentic self.
  • Let me engage in activities or events in a way that I can be myself.
  • Don’t try to change me and let me know you like me for me.
  • Spend time finding out about what my interests are.
  • Be patient as I may want to talk about my interests.
  • Be prepared to listen and show interest (or read).
  • Allow me to engage in passion projects – things I am interested in.
  • Don’t expect me to be good at everything.
  • Pair me up with someone who has complimentary and different skills so we can learn from each other.
  • Allow me to feel useful.
  • Be patient and understanding and promote open communication.
  • Don’t insist on eye contact.
  • Don’t be judgmental.
  • Let me know that you are there to listen.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Learn how to tell that I am listening e.g. I may turn my ear toward you.
  • Some days may be better for me than others so be patient.
  • Try avoid the things that cause me distress.
  • If you are going to make changes to my routine, let me know and give me time to adjust to the changes in my own way.
  • Understand that I may need to take a break or step away.
  • Understand that I may be using strategies to cope with sensory overload like using headphones.
  • Don’t push me into situations that may be overwhelming, let me set my pace of these interactions.
  • Understand the ways I communicate, socialize and experience the sensory world, and meet me in the middle.

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