Narrative practices and autism: Part 1: Theory and engagement: Shedding ableism from therapy — Courtney Olinger


Narrative practices provide a theoretical basis for supporting neurodivergent individuals in many ways. However, many therapists are seeking ways to better engage clients that have communication and sensory challenges that might interfere with more traditional therapeutic conversations. This paper gives some possible frameworks for engaging neurodivergent individuals, such as those with autism spectrum disorder. Examples are shared to support other therapists to embark in creative ways to rethink engagement in the first of a three part series exploring different concepts associated with working with autism.