Good communication is central to all relationships, yet the unpredictability of interpersonal exchanges can cause significant anxiety for autistic people and create a barrier to successful communication.
Understanding Me, Understanding You is a guide for anyone working with and supporting autistic people. The aim is to encourage the reader to consider how they can create ‘autistic spaces’ where there is predictability and trust, enabling autistic people to engage, contribute and grow. It seeks to promote mutual understanding, starting by encouraging the reader to understand themselves, their own beliefs and attitudes and the way that this can influence their behaviour; and then to understand another and, in turn, help them to understand.
At its foundation is the ‘Triad of Understanding’, a beautifully simple model for successful communication conceived together by social work practitioner, Dr Jackie Robinson, and three autistic co-researchers over a three year period. Jackie successfully created an autistic space that allowed the autistic co-researchers to flourish and achieve. This communication model underpins all three sections of the guide, which includes specific guidance for professionals in different fields and tools to facilitate the move towards mutual understanding.
‘This well-written and informative book has learning value for the target audience. It has clear content and progress.’