Episode 10 – Autism and Building Trust: Proven Steps for Building Trust
Barry and Dave discuss the process of building trust between autistic and neurotypical people. Barry shares 8 proven strategies to help clinicians, educators, and other professionals earn a trusting relationship with autistic people and their families.
Continue the Discussion
Do you have a book or podcast club? If so, you may use this discussion guide to facilitate a conversation about this episode.
1) Barry suggests that autism can be understood as a “disability of trust.” How is this perspective different from more traditional definitions and descriptions of autism? Does this “trust” perspective provide any additional insight into how best to understand and support autistic individuals?
2) It is suggested that developing trust may be challenging for autistic people in three areas: a) trusting other people; b) trusting one’s own body; and c) trusting the world. As an autistic person, a family member or a service provider, identify specific examples you have encountered and solutions you have used to help address these challenges to developing trust.
3) Dave and Barry discuss a number of ways that trust may be enhanced in relationships between autistic and neurotypical people. Identify 2-3 strategies that resonate with you as an autistic person, a family member or a service provider.
About the Uniquely Human Podcast
Hosted by autism scholar and author of Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry Prizant, and autistic humorist and author Dave Finch (The Journal of Best Practices), Uniquely Human: The Podcast expands the conversation on autism and neurodiversity by amplifying the voices of autistic individuals and thought leaders in providing insightful, cutting-edge and practical information about the autistic experience.