Draft Guide Development Post

Stakeholders and System

I want to target my guide to people who are learning about stimming. People who want to understand/ accept/ accomodate individuals who stim. I may even focus it further to parents/ caretakers of individuals who stim on how they can be there for their loved ones through their lives. The systems I’m focusing on are education and adulthood development.

The Form: Boy Scout Handbook

  • Chapters based on fundamental citizenship, outdoors skills, ethics, athletics,
  • Once mastered, or completed the series of tests in a chapter, then you receive a badge for the accomplishment. This is an intriguing incentive program
  • Revised through the years but retains a vintage aesthetic with colorful drawings and cartoon graphics
  • Why this form? There’s something “sacred” or “culty” about a boy scout handbook. It’s viewed as something that should always be on the scout’s person. It’s the scout’s “best friend” and should be referred to at all times. I like this.

My Form: “Autism Ally Handbook”

  • Instead of the boy scout path from Tenderfoot to Citizenship, I will replace each rank with my own rank.
  • The metaphor- Becoming an experienced, versed, a responsible parent is somewhat like learning how to become a high-ranked boy scout
  • I’m envisioning similar images would evoke the same color palette and vintage vibe.

1. Starting trail to “a new parent”
familiarize yourself with autism and stimming
Learning about yourself

2. Hiking trail to “x”
Basic interventions
Supportive mechanisms 
How to talk to others about your child

3. Camping trail to “x”
Learning to navigate the various systems

4. Scouting trail to “ trusted guardian”
Challenges to control one’s stimming
Find your differential reinforcement/ replacement stimming mechanism

The Form: Flowers for Algernon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Although both of these stories are fictional portrayals of the conditions, the important thing is that the authors do a lot of imagining and putting their selves into the shoes in trying to make them come alive as a human being rather than getting them “right,” whatever that might mean.
  • I want to do the same, put myself in the shoes of individuals that stim in a tasteful way so it can act as a guide for others.
  • There is no definition or typical person with autism, and they're as large and diverse a group of people as any other group in society.
  • Both of these stories are from first-person perspective of the individual with the disability. Flowers of Algernon is structured like progress reports
  • They both touch on themes on ethical themes of how to treat the mentally disabled
  • My guide could be from the parent’s point of view, watching their child transition into adulthood
  • It could be structured as diary entries of a parent observing breakthroughs or significant moment of their understanding, revelations when it comes to caring for someone with autism

Other Ideas:

  • From left to right, it’s the internal dialogue of someone with ADHD, then it’s the actual outcome
  • This could be applied to someone with autism who stims
  • “I stim because it makes me feel good” → “the more I stim in public, the more others avoid me and I’m not taken seriously”
  • The images are light-hearted and playful and frame something serious in a much more digestible way

Metaphor Ideas:

  • I think there’s potential of using the phrenology head chart as a metaphor in one of these guides

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