“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Dr. Stephen Shore, professor at Adelphi University and autistic advocate who was nonspeaking until age 4.
This speaks to the fact that each individual with autism has their own unique strengths, abilities, and challenges. As a result, a therapist who really understands this complex disorder, and the amazing potential of each individual on the spectrum, is key to making progress with your child or teen.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental disorder characterized by challenges in the following areas:
- Social communication
- Social interaction
- Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s estimated that 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 1 There is a wide variation in the presentation of symptoms that people with ASD experience, which is why it’s called a spectrum disorder. While autism spectrum disorder can make it challenging for your child or teen to identify and express their feelings, the range of human emotion, from joy and excitement, to frustration and worry are present nonetheless, just as in typically developing children. Though counseling with a professional who has a high level of understanding of ASD, your child or teen can feel supported and encouraged to work through challenges, as well as identify their strengths and values. This can be helpful in reducing frustration and developing self-advocacy skills which will benefit them throughout their life. Counseling can also be beneficial to help to help your child or teen navigate social situations, through social skills training. Our therapists have experience working with individuals with diverse needs across the spectrum, including nonspeakers who type to communicate. Our philosophy, which values neurodiversity was formed through extensive work directly with autistic advocates.
If you believe your child or teen with autism spectrum disorder could benefit from support, our affiliated professional counselors are here to help. Our therapists utilize a strengths-based approach and, when appropriate, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Give our office a call today and let’s schedule a time to talk.