Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder May Include:
  • Deficits in social skills and normal social interaction with peers
  • Communication difficulties including nonverbal communication such as eye contact, rhythm in conversation, appropriate voice tone and loudness
  • Difficulty in establishing friendships and healthy peer relationships
  • Inflexibility, black-and-white or rigid thinking
  • Difficulty with perspective taking
  • Concrete thinking
  • Intense or unusual focus on a particular interest or topic
  • Sensory issues
  • Unusual or odd behaviors
Counseling and Therapy
Counseling and therapy can be an important component to the overall treatment of Autism spectrum disorders and developmental disorders, including Asperger’s Disorder. Therapy at Grow can help in building social and emotional skills that may be lacking as well as helping the child to gain insight into particular areas of deficits. Counseling can be important in helping a child to feel comfortable and in control of some of the unique challenges they may be facing. It is not uncommon for children with a diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder to feel discouraged or depressed with the increased challenges they face in addition to the differences that they may feel they have with other children. Therapy can help the child or teen cope with anxiety as well as frustrations associated with adjustment. Behavioral management is also a common treatment for children and teens with spectrum and developmental disorders. At Grow, we have clinicians who specialize in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with many years of experience in a variety of modalities to work with your child. Individual therapy can also supplement group approaches to social skills training and help the child or adolescent improve perspective-taking abilities, conversational exchange, frustration tolerance, and interpersonal situational adjustment.

Schools social workers, psychologists, therapists, and psychiatrists often refer children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder, spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder to Grow for out of school support and growth opportunities for their children and teens.

Counseling goals will typically include:
  • Build social skills and tools to be more effective and spontaneous in social situations
  • Develop the ability to participate in reciprocal communication with peers
  • Increase insight into how behaviors are perceived by others and increase ability to understand the perspective of others
  • Gain insight into black and white and rigid thinking and strategies to overcome inflexible thinking
  • Become aware of obsessive thinking and strategies to reduce obsessive thinking and impulsiveness
  • Build self-esteem and address adjustment issues and depressive symptoms
  • Help parents implement effective behavioral plans to increase compliance and reduce anxiety in the home

to see if Autism counseling at the Grow Wellness Group is right for you and your personal growth.