Autism in children
Receiving a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a confusing time, not just for the individual, but also for those around them. Families may have experienced struggles with challenging behaviours for years before receiving an diagnosis. Adults, especially those with the type of ASD formally known as Asperger’s, may have been dealing with mental health difficulties for years without knowing why.
With the right support though a diagnosis can be the start of a journey into self understanding, acceptance and more successful relationships. Many individuals with ASD struggle with communication and information processing, therefore an experienced therapist with knowledge of how to work effectively with these challenges is instrumental to success.
Ways an ASD specialist therapist can help you and your loved ones;
- Teach new ways of thinking and behaving to make life easier to navigate.
- Teach coping strategies for the things that challenge those with ASD.
- Encourage self acceptance and raise self esteem
- Teach strategies to decrease underlying symptoms contributory to mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression.
When individuals with ASD find ways to manage their stress, improve their relationships, and achieve their goals, they will still have unique ways of processing information, but their uniqueness can be something to celebrate.
Therapy for Children and Young People with ASD
When young people with ASD receive the right support early they can learn skills that make life growing up in todays challenging and complicated world easier to manage. Specialist therapeutic approaches teach them to tackle their challenges with a positive attitude, help them to understand and engage in deeper relationships with both themselves and those around them, and encouraging self acceptance and inner confidence.These life skills, coping strategies and techniques are often learnt naturally by those without a neurodiversity, but when ASD is present a more specific and direct approach is required. These skills will carry them through life and help them to achieve personal goals and live their life celebrating their uniqueness.
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