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High Functioning Autism Treatment

Whether you are a parent of a child newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, have a child who has been diagnosed for some time, are a young adult with ASD attempting to manage college, new relationships or other adult expectations or if you are an adult with ASD I am here to provide support and guidance.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that impacts social communication, learning and behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the incidence of ASD is approximately 1 in 59 children. Individuals with ASD have a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses, impacting how they handle social relationships, transitions, changes in their environment, academics and learning, as well as finding and maintaining jobs once they are out of school. While existing in the highly social world can feel overwhelming for individuals with ASD, they are capable and deserve to find fulfillment and satisfaction in each day. Seeking out a professional who is familiar working with individuals with ASD, and supporting their unique needs and learning styles, can be incredibly helpful in forging a path to finding that fulfillment.

Living in a world filled with social expectations, unexpected changes in plans or routines, sensitivity to sensory experiences and difficulty expressing needs can leave individuals of all ages with ASD feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Young children with ASD often exhibit their anxiety with increases in tantrums, repetitive and ridged behaviors. Adolescents may become increasingly isolated and socially avoidant, have an increase in non-compliance, and excessive fear and worry. In addition, teens with ASD often struggle to find acceptance in the social world, seek more independence and control, have grooming and hygiene issues, challenges with organization and planning and symptoms of depression. Adults with may have ongoing needs for support, have ongoing communication, family and personal relationship struggles as well and difficulty managing employment.

In my work with children, adolescents and adults with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, I offer a supportive relationship, work with my clients to determine strengths and weakness to develop a plan to manage related symptoms of anxiety and irritability. I also support the development of social communication, relationship and problem-solving skills. I offer coaching and guidance and frequently rely on aspects Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum. In addition, I understand the collaborative nature of work with ASD and have extensive knowledge of how to work alongside Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Speech pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists. In addition, I have unique knowledge related to special education including IEP’s, Non-public schools and Behavior Intervention Plans.

Parenting a child with ASD provides its own set of triumphs and challenges. A diagnosis of ASD can impact all aspects of an individual and family’s life experience. Unfortunately, the stress that comes with parenting a child with ASD, often can overshadow the successes. Studies show that parents of children with autism spectrum disorder experience profound stress. As a parent you:

  • Manage the day to day social and behavioral challenges of having a child with ASD.
  • Obtain and manage additional supportive services for you child including but not limited to extra doctor appointments, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
  • Interact with multiple community and educational professionals involved in supporting your family and child in their development.
  • May find yourself in social and community settings and situations uncertain about how to manage or explain your child’s behavior
  • Find it overwhelming to juggle the day to day needs of your child with ASD while also meeting the needs of a spouse or other children.

I am able to help with all of these issues. Having time in therapy to receive feedback and support in navigating the world of autism with someone who understands can be so helpful. I will work with you to find empowerment and direction. I also invite you to find some time for yourself through the process of therapy to recharge and to develop a range of self-care skills as you continue to cope with the highs and lows of being a parent touched by autism.

Call Me Today for a Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

If you are having trouble with your child or family please Contact Me for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have for me.