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11 Mar

To some, structure is love

Date: 2010-03-11 10:03 Comments: 0 st

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of giving a talk on structure and personal productivity for West Swedish Sports Confederation here in Gothenburg. We were at Ullevi Conference and the participants came from the sports confederation and from the municipalities of the City of Göteborg.

In conversations after my talk, it became clear to me that those who by profession is working with recreational activities have a particular challenge when it comes to separating work and leisure. For them, their work is work, while for those they work with, the people in the sports associations, it is recreation. So, especially for those who work with young people, there will be a lot of text messages and mobile calls also in the evenings. Then, it’s a must to draw the line yourself between when you want to be available and when you want to be off duty.

But, what in particular stayed with me from this day was what Lars said, when we had lunch together afterwards.

He said:

“You know, David, I have some experience of working with autistic children and children with special needs, and for them, structure is love. For them to function in everyday life, what we do together, need to have a very clear structure. For them to feel safe, they need to know what excercises we will do, when we are doing what and what tools we will use. Clear and concrete structure is the finest thing we can give them.

That way, structure is for them pure love.”

Is it possible that clarity and clear conditions are something that makes us too, who do not have autism, feel safe and relaxed?

What do you think? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Also, Rehab Recovery offers free advice and guidance for autistic people who suffer with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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