Storytelling and Religious Trauma
When I consult with families, I work within their values system.
That means I work with Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, etc.
And I make it my business to be knowledgeable about resources for a wide variety of religions!
One of the things I often talk about with families during a consult is supporting kids not just physically and mentally, but also spiritually. Regardless of our chosen tradition, we ALL want our children to grow up in a positive spiritual environment.
In this episode, I share about the complicated relationship many Autistics (and others) have with religion and how it can even lead to trauma.
I also share some ideas on ways that we can work to make religious spaces more neurodivergent-friendly.
Listen to this Episode Here
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I hope you enjoyed listening to today’s episode and gained some new insights into the wonderful variety of people in our world!
And remember, Special Needs Kids are People Too!
Thank you for your bravery and poise in addressing this topic. I honestly held my breath as I listened but found myself relaxing through the discussion. So much of what you shared is relatable on a deep deep level.
As an individual who is just learning about autism and who is opening up to the reality that I may be autistic, your explanation about religious trauma is eye-opening. My dad is a pastor and I find myself reflecting on things from that experience quite often.
I too find great interest in religion and feel a connection to spirituality is important. The way you articulated your feelings about prayer….. are words I could never find to describe myself.
All of this to simply say thank you for addressing a hard topic.
Thank you so much Haleigh! Your comment means so much to me! It is such a difficult topic to talk about, but as you said, it is also so very important for us to talk about as we are also spiritual beings! I wish you nothing but the best on your own journey, and that you will find those things along the way that you need for a rich spiritual life!