I have autism. Autism has become an increasing gift among the world. Most people associate it with people who can’t fit in. But I, like several others, seem no different than anyone else. But that isn’t the point, this is just the context I am willing to share. The whole point of me choosing therapeutic recreation is because I would not be where I am today without this method. I was taught through various school related and social activities to learn how to be cooperative and active with other people. In my opinion, the definition of therapeutic recreation is, using cooperation within a group of people, to engage in interactive community activities to achieve a sense of fulfillment. I believe that it is used to help build new relationships with other people who have similar interests, and allow people to help build character by giving a little back to their community, whatever interest suits the individual.
My goal for taking this career path is to be in the same position my teacher, who helped guide me into learning the skills I needed to be more social and adaptive, so that I may give the same kind of guidance and skills to other kids, whether autistic or otherwise. So far I haven’t had any chance like that yet, but seeing a more neutral and open view of what therapeutic recreation allows students to take part in, does allow me to have an understanding of what is required for the future. I want to try and gear most of my efforts to working with people with autism regardless of gender, so that I can have a chance to improve on facing obstacles, and honing the skills they are already in tune with.
I feel like because I am autistic myself, it can allow me to better understand what obstacles they are having issues with and how to help them conquer them. Through these hours and experience, I believe this will give me a definitive edge over other counselors who work with people with autism. Even without directly working with them, my insight alone from having been where most of them have been, can allow me to be a very great asset in any setting revolving around the autism spectrum.