– A Guide for Supporting Autistic People, Easing Anxiety and Promoting Mutual Understanding
Published by Pavilion Publishing
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.’
This book has been written for a professional audience including health and social care professionals both in-training and qualified practitioners (e.g. medics, dentists and all allied health disciplines); teachers and SENCOs; further and higher educators and student support services and equal opportunities employers. It is also of value to parents and relatives of autistic people
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Susan Allen began her career in hospital pharmacy, and then as a teacher practitioner at Brighton University. She has produced many CPD articles and packages for health-related and wider audiences. She worked as a senior lecturer at the Leicester School of Pharmacy for 20 years, where she developed her own model for consultation and an online skills evaluation and development programme. Susan began working with Jackie Robinson and her co-researchers, the Asperger’s Consultation Group, following their presentation of the ‘Triad of Understanding’ at a teaching and learning conference in 2014. Susan and Jackie embarked on a mission to improve the communication between pharmacists and autistic people, knowing that this would be applicable to other professions. The ‘Triad of Understanding’ is the legacy of Jackie Robinson who sadly died in 2018 and is the foundation and motivation behind this guide.