Maximize MyAutismTeam, by sharing a little bit about yourself. This two-part series is to help you get to know more great parents on MyAutismTeam. When making valuable connections and friendships, it’s always valuable to start with oneself.
Begin With You
Getting started: Consider the value of customizing your own profile on MyAutismTeam. Whenever we hear something kind or insightful from someone, we have a natural tendency to want to know the person who said it. At a glance, a photo of yourself adds more personality, and builds trust in the community since your profile photo can be a large part of your identity on the site.
Your story: Add your story to your profile. Have you ever read someone else’s account of what happened to them, and said “that’s happened to me before?” And by reading the story, you realized that it made you feel better, not because it solved your problem, but because you found someone you could relate to. Add or update your story.
Team: To the extent that you have a team (dentists, autism-friendly businesses, developmental pediatrician, therapists for your child, equine therapy center) add them. Your team is a great way of helping other parents near you learn more about resources you find valuable, and possibly have in common with each other. Add to your team.
Explore: A good first step to take when exploring MyAutismTeam is to browse around, or “lurk”. There’s nothing wrong in getting the “lay of the land”. Figuring out who’s active and how they are active is a great way to get to get a feel for the community. However, at some point, once you’ve figured it out, you should participate. Participating means commenting, and sharing. Why is this important? It creates an awareness of you, contributes to the overall tone of the site, and builds up trust with other parents. No one is here to judge. If anything, this is a place where parents understand, vent, and share the small daily victories. It can be encouraging and uplifting to be a part of it. Post an update or photo.
In part 2 of this series, we’ll share some simple, but effective tips to making the kinds connections to parents you want. Meanwhile, complete your own profile following the tips above. You’ll be surprised how effective sharing a little bit about yourself can go with building trust among other parents in the MyAutismTeam community.