“Control Issues” and Autistics: Understanding & Navigating a Basic Autistic Needs

By Kalina Jones

I have always worked hard at controlling my environment and my self.– Greg

Control — it’s a word with a dirty reputation. If I told you to pull out a sheet of paper for a word association exercise, what other words would you jot down? Maybe toxicaggressivejealous? The harmful use of control gets a lot of press, pretty much all the press. And it makes sense that we talk about the hurt that comes when people try to control things and people who aren’t their business to be controlling.

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