Prevention: Time and Space

As an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) self regulation is vital to my participation in society. Two supports that greatly increase my success are time and space.

  • physical space to be by myself when I need to be
  • emotional space to not require me to respond like you at the same speed as you
  • cognitive space to prepare for change and gather my thoughts after a difficult task
  • social space to observe until I am ready to enter with your help
Does having more time enable you engage in situations you would otherwise avoid? What other types of space do you seek to regulate yourself?


  1. This is useful to me...and probably applies to a pretty wide range of human temperments. Thanks.

  2. Yes, this is not only helpful for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I'm thankful you found this useful.