Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder, typically emerging in childhood, which affects a patient’s ability to effectively socialize, solve problems and communicate. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives while others need less. Therapists qualified in the treatment of Autism spectrum disorder can also help to diagnose it, as well as work with the individual on their social skills, help them learn to control emotions and address repetitive behaviors, among other things. If you or your child has received a diagnosis of Autism (or you suspect one may be forthcoming), contact one of our specialists today for support.

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I have worked with adults on the autism spectrum for over 12 years professionally, and throughout my life personally. I have the knowledge and experience to help you sort through whether or not you might be on the spectrum and/or have other difficulties or diagnoses causing your concerns. No matter what the results are, I will help you navigate resources and get the help you need.

— Emily Crawford-Thompson, Psychologist in COLUMBIA, MO

Together we will: Increase self-acceptance and confidence reducing your drive to mask in areas where you could feel safe to be authentic. Increase your understanding of your neurodivergence and what it means for you at this point in your life. Discuss your life experiences and how they impact your current state of mind.

— Lauren Perez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I have worked with the autism community in various settings since 2000, in various settings including mental health clinics, in home behavioral programs, educational settings, a neurology healthcare clinic, and community based mental health. I have worked with ages 12 months to 65 years and have supported individuals with all sorts of different abilities and experiences.

— Courtney Olinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I provide neuro-affirming care for anyone who identifies as neurodivergent (for example, autistic, ADHD, dyslexic, or OCD neurotypes). This work may focus on personal identity, healing from harmful interventions experienced in childhood, burnout, masking, or relationships, but most importantly we will focus on whatever feels most helpful to you.

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
 

Needs are hard to understand when society has decided what's appropriate and what's not ahead of time. Autistics can feel misunderstood and too much which can shut them down. I can help you learn to recognize your needs and how to advocate for them.

— Ikenna Lughna, Mental Health Counselor

When working with children on the Autism Spectrum, I tailor the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to each client with goals of independence, enhanced social skills, and overall life satisfaction. I am passionate about preparing my clients for situations both inside of the home and in their daily lives. I start by assessing each child's unique needs, evaluating the child's skills and then customizing my interventions. I work closely with parents or guardian to detail the goals of treatment.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in , TX
 

I have supported Autistic clients with a wide range of needs; from those who use few words and AAC devices to those that speak fluently, with a variety of sensory struggles, to some that need few supports. My experience here stems from caregiving to Community Inclusion, Supported Employment, Specialized Habilitation, and assisting in classrooms.

— Alaina Ewing, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA

I work with autistic clients to create a life that works for you, while validating your challenges and working with you to tackle them in a realistic way. I partner with colleagues who has extensive training in autism testing and diagnosis for those seeking a diagnosis. For those already diagnosed or who suspect you may have autism, I provide affirming counseling tailored to helping you achieve your specific goals.

— Emilie Cleaver, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

In the UK, I had a clinical placement at a Specialist Asperger's Syndrome Service in which I provided post-diagnostic counseling to individuals diagnosed with Aspergers/ASD/ASC to help them come to understand their diagnosis and to better navigate the impact of their difference upon their lives. I also have significant experience supporting the partners of persons with Aspergers/ASD/ASC.

— Melanie Chitwood Accepting New Client, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in -person in Seattle & Auburn with video sessions for persons in CA, FL, and the rest of Washington State.,

#actuallyautistic and #autisticwhileblack, It is absolutely ridiculous how ableist the current diagnostic system is toward autistic individuals. Most of the treatment and therapy options have surrounded forcing the individual to conform to society instead of asking society to make changes. Also, allistic therapists have caught on to the hashtag so, that means there will be some preliminary questions. 1. Have you seen avatar? 2. Mass Effect? 3. Skyrim? 4. Star Trek? 5. Samefoods?

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

We will create a resource navigation plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. Each child is different; therefore, individualized planning is key to the treatment process.

— Debra Grindstaff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Altamonte Springs, FL
 

As an Informed Autism Specialist and parent of an autistic son, I have experience in neurodiversity across the spectrum.

— Ashley Harris, Associate Professional Counselor in ,

As a neurodivergent person myself, I really enjoy working with Autistic folks. How do we navigate a world set up for neurotypical folks with the right mix of advocacy to make the world better and good coping? There's no right answer to this and so we have to go back to the values of the individual client to figure out the right mix.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

Having a brain that operates differently isn’t a problem to be solved, it’s an operating system to be learned. Let’s learn together. Recently, more of us have begun to discover that our “talented and gifted” nature as a child was actually highly masked neurodivergence. As we discover who we are, we often discover we aren’t who others think we are. This can be complicated - especially if we struggle with a fear of rejection.

— Kimberly Louvin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

I firmly believe in the neurodivergent paradigm which views Autism as natural and a normal variation of human diversity. In therapy, we will address the difficulties of being Autistic in a society that is created for Allistics. I do not “cure” or “fix” symptoms, but I will work with you to identify, understand, and address ways that your neurodiversity may negatively impact your life and work collaboratively to find ways to improve your functioning

— Shirley Roseman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Autism is a different way of viewing the world. Having a therapist who understands the unique difficulties related to this disorder is paramount in navigating daily life for those with ASD. High functioning autism can also often be misunderstood and requires an individualized, patience oriented approach to growth.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

I do not “cure” autism. I help autistic clients who have struggled to find a therapist in dealing with stress, worry, sadness, exhaustion, relationships, change, etc. As a neurodivergent person myself, I know how hard it is to find a therapist who is autism-aware and neurodiversity-affirming. Being neurodivergent in a world created by neurotypicals for neurotypicals creates added stress, and adds to anxiety and/or depression. Come, be your authentic self.

— Amanda Walker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO