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This 4-part course is designed for individuals with firsthand experience with autism who may not understand the “why” behind the differences in how autistics perceive the world. The course aims to provide a better understanding of the unique neurological differences that individuals with autism experience, with a focus on the amygdala and linguistic centers of the brain.

In Part 1, the course will cover the role of the amygdala in emotion regulation and how variations in the size and function of the amygdala in individuals with autism can affect emotional regulation and lead to challenges with managing anxiety and feeling “out of place.”

In Part 2, the course will delve into the reductions of linguistic centers in individuals with autism, how it affects the ability to interpret the communicative intentions of others, and strategies for improving communication and understanding.

In Part 3, the course will explore the unique ways of thinking and expressing that individuals with autism may need to develop to cope with these challenges, and how it could be a primary strategy for managing anxiety and feeling “out of place.”

In Part 4, the course will provide suggestions for further reading and resources, and the learners will leave the course with a deeper understanding of the unique neurological differences that individuals with autism experience and how they can be addressed.