Autism Spectrum Disorder, formerly termed Asperger’s Disorder, is a social-developmental delay that may affect a child’s overall social, emotional, and academic functioning. Non-Verbal Learning Disorder is classified as a learning disorder with unique features but similar deficits in social functioning. Many children or teens may display features of Autistic Disorder including deficits in social functioning, immature communication, rigidity in thinking, preoccupation or intense focus on idiosyncratic interests, yet not exhibit the severity in deficits observed in Autism. Some children or teens with developmental disorders may display extremely high functioning in some areas, yet exhibit noticeable impairments in particular areas of social functioning, emotional responsiveness, or interpersonal insight.
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
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.
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