Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be something of a shapeshifter, manifesting in different ways and with varying degrees of intensity depending on the client. Some children show signs of autism in infancy, with reduced eye contact or failure to respond to their name. For others, symptoms don’t appear until later and can include resistance to cuddling, difficulties or abnormalities with language, lack of facial expression, repetitive actions, and social challenges. Confounding diagnosis still, some children with autism have lower intelligence and difficulty learning, whereas others are preternaturally gifted. Thankfully, our therapists are well-versed in the many incarnations of this neuro-atypical condition and are adept at identifying the challenges you or your child may be facing. We love to highlight the many strengths of our clients with ASD, and to approach the diagnosis through the framework that the client is different, not lacking. As such, we present our behavioral and social-skills tools as options, not necessary treatments, as they are intended to help make certain aspects of life in a neurotypical world easier for someone with ASD and should be utilized by choice, not by rote. Our aim is to help you or your child optimize your wellbeing and quality of life based on a foundation of empathy, understanding, and admiration.