The process of narrative making within the context of a psychotherapeutic relationship can facilitate a positive change within the individual, it can facilitate the development of communication skills, and it can help the individual develop a positive self-image. Narrative therapy can provide a socially interactive experience where the autistic individual can learn to use their potential to express and explore feelings.
Narrative therapy can provide the autistic patient the safe environment where communication can take place, where patients can lower some of their rigid defenses raised against any type of communication. Additionally, narrative therapy provides a means for the patient to express feelings.
Narrative therapy addressed to treatment has some specific features that are necessary to be taken into account for it to be successful. It is necessary to remember that a person may not realize that he was abused. He may feel it in a vague way, or he may realize it but be afraid to talk. He is to be encouraged to talk, an atmosphere should be friendly and calm. It is necessary to assure a person that speaking out will be helpful for him, it will serve for his protection. It is inadmissible to make any judgments or somehow comment his speech. The person should see that the specialist takes his words seriously, that he is understood. Person psychiatrists state that “people who are listened to and understood so much better than those who are not. The response to the disclosure of sexual abuse is critical to the persons ability to resolve and heal the trauma of sexual abuse” ((Nichols & Schwnarrativez)
It is necessary to tell the person that his speaking out is a right thing to be done. In case of the abuser is a person closed to this patient, then he may feel a sense of guilt for non-keeping the secret. The patient may feel fear if he was threatened by the abuser or in case he is afraid of being punished by someone from his family. It is necessary to assure the person that he is not guilty of sexual abuse.