Have you ever wondered if may have autism? Or, have you been diagnosed, but struggle to find support that understands your unique set of needs?
Do you struggle to understand what others mean, miss important social cues, or feel anxious in new situations because you do not know what is expected of you?
Do you have a specific topic that you love and are an expert on or others say is your obsession?
Autism is a neurobehavioral condition that impacts an individual’s social, communication, and behavioral development. Some early signs of autism include, delayed language, limited or inappropriate social skills, fixated interests, and unique sensory needs. The type and number of traits that an individual exhibits differs among individuals. Autism can impact an individual’s life in a variety of ways. Some can find themselves presenting with high anxiety in social situations, while others find it difficult to maintain friendships. Sometimes an individual also lives with aversions to a variety of tastes or sounds. Still others might appear more social, but have difficulty with timing in social interactions, miss overt social cues, ask questions that others find inappropriate, or spend hours at a time fixated on a specific topic or hobby.
A licensed clinician can help with an evaluation and assist with providing strategies to best manage the challenges and embrace the strengths that autism can provide. We’d love to work with you or your family member to help navigate some of the unique challenges being autist can present.
A diagnosis of autism may not be what you are looking for, but exploring your options can help you find solutions to challenges that are interfering with your daily life. Together we can navigate a variety of challenges including:
- Sensory sensitivities
- Difficulty navigating social demands or expectations
- Elevated anxiety in social or unstructured situations
- Communicating your internal experience or empathy in a way that others understand
- Difficulty managing time spent on preferred tasks or topics
- Identifying how and why you feel a certain way
- Living in a world that doesn’t seem like it was built for you or your needs
Therapy can help you learn new ways to manage these situations while also offering a safe and affirming place to explore thoughts and process internal emotional experiences.
If you’re ready to get support with navigating challenges from a neurodiversity affirming perspective, contact us today to schedule an appointment.