Autism & Neurodiversity

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Jason & Debbie Grygla

12 January 2024

26m 19s

Attachment & Autism Deep Dive Part 1 with Dr. Jack Hinman



Ever get discourage with trying to connect with your neurodivergent teen or young adult?  You're not alone.

This 3-part episode series dives into the crucial, yet often overlooked, link between neurodiversity (like ADHD or autism) and attachment styles.

Experts Jason Grygla, LCMHC, MA and Dr. Jack Hinman, with over 50 years of combined experience, unpack the surprising ways attachment impacts emotional well-being in neurodivergent individuals.

The highlights:

  • Unmask some of the mystery: Understand how attachment styles, secure or insecure, can act as a shield or a hurdle for emotional health in teens and young adults with neurodivergent diagnoses.
  • Double the challenge: Uncover the two-way street between attachment trauma and neurodiversity, and how they can intensify each other's impact.
  • Hope for healing: Get practical guidance on navigating this complex interplay, with treatment strategies to nurture secure attachments and empower your neurodivergent loved one to thrive.


About our guest:

Jack Hinman is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Engage Young Adult Transitions. A young adult transition program in Cedar City, UT for adults ages 17 to 25 that their mental health is limiting their independence. 

Jack has been  providing mental health and administrative services to individuals and families in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers and community mental health for over 20 years.

He is a licensed clinical psychologist who is a passionate and committed clinician and administrator in helping young adults cross that bridge into healthy and engaging independence. This blend of clinical and administrative experience has provided Jack a comprehensive perspective of the therapeutic journey. 

He believes through the power of connection we thrive. Jack’s clinical foundations are driven in attachment theory. Jack has also serves on the board of directors for YATA, the Young Adult Transition Association.

Jack loves living in the outdoor rich area of Cedar City with his wife of 25 years and their two teenage children. Jack is an avid mountain biker and a coach for his son’s high school mountain bike team.

You can contact Jack at: or


To take the free, 5 minute attachment style quiz mentioned in this episode to explore how childhood conditioning manifests in your adult relationships visit:


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