Tips for Setting Boundaries, Communication + Dating On & Off The Spectrum w/ Dr. Ali Arena


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Dr. Ali Arena is. a speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst who specializes in working with people who have autism. She even does what’s called neurodiverse couples counseling, where one partner is on the spectrum and the other is not. Along with her expertise on the dating intricacies of people with autism, she also does counseling for individuals who are not on the spectrum, who just struggle socially.

From this conversation you’ll learn:

  • The importance of encouraging creativity in children
  • How to find objectivity in creativity
  • Differences in communication on and off the spectrum
  • Misconceptions about autism
  • How to break down social skills into rules
  • Differences in cultural communication
  • The importance of expressing yourself in an authentic way
  • How to tackle codependency
  • How to analyze recurring feelings
  • The importance of learning the communication patterns of loved ones
  • How to deal with passive aggression
  • The reasons we lie
  • The consequences to people-pleasing
  • The importance of asking yourself what you’re willing to put up with
  • How the pandemic is affecting our communication skills
  • The positives to dating during quarantine
  • How to overcome Zoom fatigue
  • The importance of asking yourself what you’re avoiding
  • How to take baby steps to find a work-life balance that suits you
  • How to find ways to spark joy in the mundane
  • How confronting fear leads to empowerment
  • Why you shouldn’t say “good girl”
  • Society’s negative connotation of the word “creativity” & how to become friends with yours
  • How to handle criticism in the moment
  • And SO MANY MORE communication tips!


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