AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH THE EFFECT AUTISM IS HAVING ON YOUR LIFE?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects the way individuals understand and react to the world around them, including their social interaction, communication, interests and behaviours. It is an umbrella term that includes Autism, Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). At Select Psychology, our team of mental health professionals can help you cope with the challenges of autism in a safe and confidential environment.
WHAT IS AUTISM?
There is no known cause of autism, although there can be a genetic link. There is also a higher prevalence of other developmental disorders such as ADHD and dyslexia for people with autism.
Everyone with autism will have their own particular challenges and strengths and seeking therapy to understanding what these are can go a long way to helping you to manage these challenges.
WHEN TO SEEK THERAPY FOR AUTISM
Therapy should begin as soon as possible after diagnosis. While struggling with autism, you may experience:
Finding it hard to understand what others are thinking or feeling which can lead to anxiety in social situations and difficulty with making friends or pursuing certain careers
Taking things literally
Struggling to deal with a change in routines
Adhering to restrictive and repetitive behaviours and routines
Making minimal or inconsistent eye contact
Facial expressions, movements and gestures that do not match the situation
Be more sensitive than others to sensory changes
THE BEST THERAPIES FOR TREATING AUTISM
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
BENEFITS OF THERAPY FOR AUTISM
Therapy can help to identify strengths and difficulties and look at strategies that will support with day to day living and maximise potential
People with autism are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Therapy can help treat these issues and improve overall self confidence and well-being
It can help a person to find ways of regulating emotions and reduce distress
It can help parents/family members understand the condition and promote healthy relationships
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP WITH AUTISM
HOW CAN OUR PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES HELP WITH AUTISM?
We offer a wide range of therapies to help with autism and give you the tools to cope and understand your emotions. We are a private mental health service with highly trained therapists and no waiting lists.
This is how therapy would work:
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HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW
How do people with autism think?
- Black and white thinking
- Jumping to conclusions
If you feel these are some things you do it is helpful to slow down your thinking and ask yourself:
- Is there another way to look at this?
- Have you got all the information?
- Are you perhaps looking at things from a negative perspective?