Two Sides of the Spectrum
A twice-monthly podcast where we explore research, amplify autistic voices, and change the way we think about autism in life and in professional therapy practice.
grow with me
Have you ever heard that people on the autism spectrum aren’t great at perspective taking? It turns out that it’s actually a problem on two sides of the spectrum.
Autistic people often have to work harder to take the perspective of neurotypical people. And many have spent countless hours of therapy doing this work.
But new research shows that neurotypical people have just as much trouble taking the perspective of our autistic peers.
It’s time for us to get to work too. Join me as I talk to neurodivergent adults and explore new research to help me and other OTs and SLPs better understand and connect with our autistic clients.
In this episode, Reyma McCoy Hyten helps us explore the root causes of oppression for Autistic people, and sit with the discomfort of examining our role in it. Reyma McCoy Hyten is Autistic and was the first Black woman to ever serve as the US Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities. After two decades as a helping professional, Reyma now focuses her work on the root cause of systemic oppression, and, as she puts it, “how systems create marginalization in the first place.”