TWAP049: Living Well On The Spectrum

Do you ever get tired of hearing that you’ve got “symptoms” or that you’ve got a “disorder”?

Dr. Valerie Gaus, PhD, approaches the spectrum as a scientist practitioner.

She talks about strengths and differences, not symptoms or disorders, as the key to living well on the spectrum.

That’s why I’m excited to have her on the show.

I’ve referenced both of her books extensively as I work with autistics and Aspergians.

Show Highlights

  • Dr. Gaus’ roundabout path to working with autistics and Aspergians
  • Empathy — how does it work for the spectrum?
  • Identifying emotions
  • The role of positive psychology in addressing the challenges of living on the spectrum
  • How the autism brain is different, not deficient
  • The importance of being willing to ask for help
  • Autism differences — social, thinking, emotional, sensory/movement

Resources Mentioned In The Podcast

Dr. Gaus’ website

The Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania

The Emotional Blindness of Alexythymia

Living Well On The Spectrum, by Valerie Gaus, PhD

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome, by Valerie Gaus, PhD

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life, edited by Scott D. Wright, PhD

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