"As a trainee psychotherapist, I attended the TA 101 workshops for Aspies/NT as I was interested in how I could help and communicate with Aspie clients. What I actually experienced was far richer than I could have imagined. The Aspie presenters and attendees were extremely open about their experience of the world and their interactions with NTs. I hadn’t really realised the extent of the daily challenge they face and, as part of the NT world, I was acutely aware of my own ignorance and of the NT behaviour that can, quite inadvertently, make Aspie lives so difficult. I saw TA starting to bridge the understanding between the two worlds."
(NT) Psychotherapy & Counselling
"We each have our own reasons for being part of this group, and we all bring something unique to it... We see ourselves as an engine for change... We want to drive a fundamental change in the way people approach neurodiversity..."
“Chris had co-presented on a number of the 'Apsie 101' workshops, and I asked if she thought it would be worthwhile my attending. (I was skeptical, having had no training in TA or psychology, and was worried I wouldn't understand.) I attended, and was able to follow easily enough, and learned a surprising amount about TA, psychology and my own personality as well... By the end of the weekend, I had gained enough of an understanding of the language of TA and the differences between the NT and Aspie mind to be able to talk confidently about it with Chris. Being able to use this common language to explain our experience to one another is priceless.”
(NT) Telecommunications Engineer- Married to Chris Russell
"My husband and I had been together for about four years when he began to suspect that he might have Asperger’s. I had always known he was ‘a bit different’ but had never considered that there might be fundamental differences in the ways our brains worked.
He talked me into attending the ‘Aspie 101’ training course. At first it seemed like any other personal development training I had attended, however, as I listened to the experiences of those in the room with Asperger’s I was overcome with a profound, and physical, sense of sadness. I was shocked to hear a business consultant with Asperger’s say that sitting in that room, with people who were open minded and genuinely trying to understand what it was like to see the world from his perspective, was the first time he had ever felt safe. I was stunned. I had never even noticed the background peace and safety I feel every day – and here was someone telling me that this was something he had never experienced.
You can read about Peter Flowerdew, Rich Hall and Chris Russell on the Presenters page. Fellow Directors of The Different Engine CIC talk about their involvement here...