Miscellaneous communication topics and techniques
by Mona Pereth
- "Interpersonal effectiveness" techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Navigating social media
- More later
This page will list tutorials on various commmunication-related issues and techniques.
As always, don't take any of these tutorials as infallible, or as necessarily appropriate for all people and situations. Most of them were not written with autistic people in mind, and certainly not from a viewpoint accepting of our autistic traits. So, some techniques may need to be modified to be usable by some of us.
"Interpersonal effectiveness" techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills on the DBTtools site,
Assertiveness Training: Using DEAR-MAN Tool to Get More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't by Victoria Stroz, MA, LCPC, PMH-C
For more about DBT itself, see articles in Wikipedia, Web MD, and Psychology Today. See also the collection of DBT worksheets on the Therapist Aid site. DBT would probably be useful for many autistic adults, but only if the therapist is also knowledgeable about adult autism, which all too many therapists are not. Also, an autistic client would need the therapist to recognize that DBT techniques are not one-size-fits-all, but must be adapted to accommodate an autistic person's specific difficulties.
Navigating social media
Navigating social media: A guide to avoiding unpleasant interactions by Sahana Prasad, Times of India, August 24, 2023
See also my Warnings about online harassment.
Various autistic peer-led groups including support groups, career-oriented groups, and hobby-oriented social groups, led or facilitated by members of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group. Our newest group is the Autistic Women's Support & Social Group. All groups currently meet via text-based chat. Some groups will hopefully meet in-person after the COVID crisis is finally over with.
Where to get an ASD evaluation as an adult: This page will be expanded and updated sometime after the COVID crisis is over with.