Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions marked by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.
Although ASD can manifest itself in various ways it has two basic components: social communication challenges and restricted, repetitive behaviors.
There are some therapeutic interventions that our counselors apply to help those with ASD.
Our work with children with ASD starts developing a positive relationship. We use play therapy, developing social/emotional learning, and helping children build their social skills. We also work with children with ASD to help them express their feelings & share their stories through narrative therapy.
For Teens & Adults
Our work focuses on executive functioning, independent living skills, time management, job training & social skills. Social skills training encompasses teaching how to access and use resources, assertiveness training, appropriate conversations in professional settings & peers while managing with social anxiety.