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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Anxiety and depression commonly co-occur with a diagnosis of autism. Yet, finding a therapist that adapts to your needs can be challenging. If you would like specific accommodations, we can work together to find a specific therapeutic approach that works for you. Here are examples of what we can do: - use written or visual tools - build-in breaks - involve someone else with whom you feel safe - incorporate activities or topics of your choice

— Margaret Rau, Psychotherapist in New York City, NY

ADOS testing is included in all ASD evaluations along with lots of interviewing. In almost all cases I also observe in a natural social setting and talk to non-family members who know the person very well (usually teachers). Most families can be scheduled for an appointment the same month they contact me. For therapy related to autism, the work often focuses on knowing and name and managing your own emotions as well as understanding others. Ways to live in a neurotypical dominated world is too.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

I have been working with Neurodivergent individuals and their parents for over 25 years, in school, in clinic, and in-home. I provide SpeciALTy Coaching for teens and adults, to help them better understand themselves, become a more effective advocate for their individual needs, explore relationships, explore their own parenting, as well as speak publicly and train professionals how to more effectively work with Autistic Individuals.

— Dena Alt, Counselor

My experience with autism started in 2012 when I was working as an ABA behavioral interventionist. I felt the need to learn more about family systems and how to help individuals beyond behavioral changes. In my current practice as a therapist, I help individuals and families work on building closeness and understanding. I am a supporter of neurodiversity and believe in helping individuals thrive within their own experience.

— Panicha McGuire, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Honolulu, HI

I am an Autistic provider and working with neurodiveristy is one of my specialties.

— Victoria Grutz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I work with autistic, attention challenged, and highly sensitive individuals from a neurodiversity framework. Rather than teaching people ways to blend in, I help neurodivergent individuals let go of what isn’t serving them and tap into their innate strengths, passions, and potential. I offer support in learning ways to advocate for yourself to create comfortable boundaries so that your environment may feel more suitable to your sensory, social, learning, or attentional differences.

— Caroline Long, Clinical Psychologist in Elon, NC

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 am an Au-ADHD therapist with training in providing neurodivergent-affirming therapy.

— Lindsey Bat, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Richmond, VA

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

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

Many adults wonder if they have Autism or are neurodiverse because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle, stress is difficult to manage or feel constantly burnt out and fatigued. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse & to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Missed diagnosis, AFAB missed diagnosis, late diagnosis, Autistic self-advocacy, self-acceptance, self-compassion.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, TX

I worked for years with the UFHealth Center for Autism. My knowledge of the testing, diagnosis, and treatment phases of this disorder has expanded significantly. I like to focus on the social side of the disorder. I am willing to screen any client with ASD but I will be honest if I feel they need a different kind of treatment. ASD is a complex disorder that is difficult to predict or compare. If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.

— Megan Johnston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Gainesville, FL

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

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

Using the nervous system as a foundation for understanding behavior, I help children, teens, and adults meet the needs of their nervous system so that they can engage in meaningful activities that can be related to social participation, school, work, play and leisure, rest & sleep, self care & home care.

— Denise Moharsky, Occupational Therapist

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

Struggling to be understood is everything. Figuring out what works best just to get through life. If you are Autistic then you know what I mean. I want to help you discover and accept yourself in a whole new way. Let's unmask and be as authentic as we can be. Maybe you've slipped under the radar so long it's a surprise to learn that your brain works differently. I'm here to tell you, you are not alone.

— Andrew Brucker, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA