ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
This specific resource provides professionals with information on building relationships with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Everyone wishes to be treated with respect. The best way for you to gain the respect of someone you support is to build a relationship of mutual trust. In addition to the ways you build any respectful relationship, there are also methods unique to building relationships with people on the autism spectrum. Maintaining a person-centered perspective in your everyday interactions is key.
The main point of person centeredness is acknowledging that both you and the person you support have strengths, hopes, passions and needs that are important to well-being and a positive life condition.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.