We are committed to empowering the families and carers of autistic children to optimise their life prospects and unlock their true potential.
Our unique conception of autism, emphasising its potential and not seeing it as a disability, is at the heart of all we do.
We aim to support parents to transform the lives of their autistic children by helping them to truly understand the needs they are not able to clearly express, and to respond to these in ways that make them feel safe, protected, looked after and strongly connected to those close to them. We aim to do this through support in the home, parent groups, our proposed intentive Mifne Clinic, and online materials including webinars, articles, interviews, online tools and eventually our comprehensive Autism Parenting Hub.
Early Intervention is a key part of giving the right foundational support and understanding to an autistic child that will provide them with the strength and confidence to be able to find the best in themselves in later life, and we aim to work with and advocate working with children at the earliest possible opportunity in order to achieve this.
We are committed to revolutionising public and professional understanding of autism globally, and to ensuring that autistic people are recognised for their great potential to live rich, fulfilling integrated lives that contribute greatly to society, and that they are empowered to do so, especially through early intervention. We also aim to provide inspiration and practical support for families, schools and others to achieve a transformation in their children's quality of life through the creation of an optimal environment and relationship with them.
We often hear autism being defined by the behaviours that can be observed in autistic people. For example, "it's a condition where people have difficulty understanding social dynamics", or "it's a condition where people are sensitive to light or sound."
Actually, these sorts of things are only the most superficial manifestations of autism, and autism itself is simply a condition of profound sensitivity: sensitivity to sensory stimulation and sensitivity to strong emotions.
This sensitivity arises not only from an acute ability to perceive sensory information, but also from an open heart and from a tender idealism that the only thing that makes sense in this world is for everybody to care about and ensure the well being of everybody else.
This means that autistic people have the potential to give so much and make an amazing contribution to the world.
But when they are subjected to constant sensory stimulation and relentless emotional negativity – sometimes even cruelty – all around them, it affects them in an unimaginably profound way. It is so painful that the only way they can deal with it is to put distance between themselves and their surroundings; to suppress that innate urge they have to interact with and bring great positivity to all around them.
When we can see beyond the superficial “behaviours” and observe and respect the true nature of the individual beneath, we can not only transform the life of that person, but also benefit from the huge potential they bring to improve this world.
And this, in essence, is the reason for the Transforming Autism Project: to raise awareness of the true nature of the autistic condition and to ensure autistic people are treated accordingly. We want to assist in the creation of an optimal environment around them so that the astonishing best within them can be evoked for us all to benefit from.
And we know that this can be best achieved by starting when the child is as young as possible, hence our focus on Early Intervention.
The book, Transforming Autism, is the very first step in this project. Written in 2016, it uses one family’s journey to highlight not only the path taken to improve their autistic boy’s life, but also the true underlying nature of that autistic child. Through the story it tells, it presents real useful examples of ways that children with autism can be helped at home simply and without expense.
Our current intentions are outlined in the graphic below: