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Body Doubling for ADHD and Autistic People

Body Doubling for ADHD and Autistic People

Written by: The Autistic Teacher

Have you ever heard of body doubling? It's a strategy that can be incredibly helpful for ADHD and autistic individuals. Body doubling involves having another person present while you work on a task, which can increase focus and productivity. This is especially beneficial for those who struggle with staying on task and managing distractions. It's a simple but effective way to provide support.

The Concept of Body Doubling

When an ADHD or autistic person is "body doubled," they have someone by their side to provide gentle reminders, encouragement, and assistance with staying on track. This can be a friend, family member, or even a professional. The presence of another person can create a sense of structure and routine, making it easier to stay focused and complete tasks.

Overcoming Isolation and Loneliness

Body doubling can also help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. For ADHD and autistic individuals, having someone by their side can provide a sense of comfort and support, making it easier to tackle daily challenges and responsibilities.

Time Management and Organisation

In addition to providing support, body doubling can also help with time management and organisation. The presence of another person can help keep track of time and assist with prioritising tasks, making it easier to stay organised and on schedule.


If you're ADHD or autistic, or if you have a loved one who is, consider trying body doubling as a strategy for improving focus and productivity. It's a simple but powerful tool that can make a big difference in daily life.

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