A lot of people on the autistic spectrum like routine, repetition and sameness. To give an example of what I mean by this, if things were always entirely up to me, I would never do anything outside my normal routine. I am happy doing a very small number of things, exactly the same things, every day, forever.
So, what happens when someone with ASD is interested in doing something but won’t, or when their loved one wants them to do something they know they will like, yet they still say no? How can we help ourselves or how can our loved ones best encourage us?
For me, there are four main barriers. Here they are and here are my thoughts on how they can be reduced: