Autistic Stories

Autism is a spectrum, which means that every autistic individual has a different experience. This week, we’ll share some autistic individuals’ stories and how they describe their experience.
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The Idea of the Week

Before we dive into the stories of autistic people, let’s look at what autism is. So, What is the Autism Spectrum (14-minute video) and What Does It Mean to Be Neurodivergent (8-minute read)? Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, in which individuals experience social interaction and communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive interests, behaviors, and activities. It is a “spectrum” because autistic people range in what autistic traits they have, how their traits are presented, and their level of support needs.

The Practice of the Week

Below is a list of videos ranging across the spectrum of autistic experience. However, please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, and one autistic individual’s experience is not necessarily the same as another autistic individual’s experience.

  1. An Autistic Nonspeaking Teen (And How We Became Friends) (20 minutes)
  2. An Autistic Mom with 2 Autistic Kids (And Husband with ADHD) (36 minutes)
  3. Paige Layle’s Autistic Traits Seen in Childhood (21 minutes)
  4. Black and Autistic: What We Wish People Knew! by AutisticallyKofi (6 minutes)
  5. I’m Autistic, and Here’s How People React To My Autism by Cypopps (5 minutes)
  6. Inside An Autism Mind by The Aspie World (12 minutes)

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News of the Week

Internet Safety
Psychoeducation Virtual Workshop
November 11, 2023

In this workshop, your child will learn age-appropriate information about navigating the internet and how interact with others on the internet safely.

Space is limited to 8 people per group.
Cost: $50, partial scholarships available
Register by November 3, 2023

Register here!

Paint & Process
Young Adult Support Group
for Ages 18-24

Art-making is often therapeutic and a wonderful way to relax and process the events going on in your life. Join Melissa, LCAT, LMHC, and Kayla, MHC-LP, for this young adult support group and chat while you create art.

Starting on December 4th, groups will meet Virtually biweekly on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm.
Space is limited to 10 people per group
6 week commitment
Cost: $45 per group session, some insurances are accepted
Register by November 27th

Register here

Meg Tobin, LMHC is now an End of Life Doula!

End-of-life doulas provide emotional and physical support, education about the dying process, preparation for what’s to come, and guidance while grieving. Though Meg is not doing traditional doula work, she will work with end-of-life clients and their families utilizing ketamine. 


OVS may be able to help if you have unreimbursed crime-related expenses, such as medical bills, counseling costs, and funeral expenses, or assist with loss of earnings or support. They can help pay for therapy for crime victims, including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy!

Find out more!

Unlocking Your Mind:
A Journey to Self-Discovery

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Retreat

Two Ketamine Journeys—lots of deep dives into experiential therapy incorporating meditation, writing, art making, yoga, and other body-centered modalities. Step away from the stressors of daily life and fully immerse yourself in the therapeutic process. We will use Ketamine and experiential therapy to break through the stuck places to find more freedom, pace, and motivation!
Zoom Preparation Session: Thursday, October 26th from 6-8 pm.
In-person: Thursday, November 2nd from 4-9 pm.
In-person: Friday, November 3rd from 8:30 am-8 pm.
In-person: Saturday, November 4th from 9 am-5 pm.
In-person: Sunday, November 5th from 8am to 9am.
Zoom Integration Session: Thursday, November 9th from 6-8 pm.

Learn more

You may be able to finance the retreat. Use the QR Code below to see if you prequalify!

Join Tati, back by popular demand, for her next series of Family Constellations and Sharing of Ancestral Knowledge Workshops!

Tati owns a healing and psychotherapy practice working with sacred plant medicine, ancestral healing, and art therapy in her home in Ecuador.

In April, Tati visited the U.S. for the first time to hold workshops and healing sessions in Erieville and Fayetteville, NY, all of which had such a positive reception that people requested more! Join Tati for her return in October and the next series of workshops and healing sessions.

Family Constellations is a type of therapeutic approach that focuses on exploring the dynamics within a person’s family system, including their relationships with parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members, even ancestors. This approach can be used to address a variety of issues, such as relationship difficulties, emotional blocks, and unresolved traumas.

This workshop involves a group of participants who come together to explore their own family dynamics through a series of exercises and discussions led by our facilitator, Tatian Davila, a psychotherapist, healer, and seeker of ancestral knowledge. Tati will offer 2 workshops as well as individual healings. The workshops will be held at Breathing Space Studio in Erieville, NY.

The Family Constellations Workshop will be held on October 28, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

The Sharing of Ancestral Knowledge Workshop will be held on October 29, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Both workshops will be held at Breathing Space Studio
3455 Erieville Road
Erieville, NY 13061

Individual Healing Sessions will be held in Fayetteville, NY from October 30th through November 3rd.

Register here

The Thought of the Week

Wishing you a peaceful week!


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