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 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

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

#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
 

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

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
 

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

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 La Vernia, TX
 

Parents of children who are disabled need much more support than they receive. Often when these parents are navigating these systems in order to access resources for their children, they have experiences that are confusing and/or harmful. They need a place to sort through these experience and feelings so that as they move forward in parenting they feel confident about their parenting choices and are able to find moments of joy in their day-to-day.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I've worked with kids and adults all over the Autism Spectrum from toddlers through adulthood. ASD is something that is a unique experience to each individual, so in treatment, we focus on the goals that are important to you.

— Lianna Purjes, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO
 

Welcome. I am a Licensed Behavioral Support Consultant (L.B.S.C.) and a Credentialed Autism Spectrum Disorder-Clinical Specialist. I have a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) focused in elementary and special education and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) specialized in Developmental Disabilities. I have personal experience growing up with a sibling with Autism, and as a professional specializing in working with clients who have Autism.

— Kurt Wilhelm Oster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in JACKSONVILLE, FL

I've worked with individuals and their families on the Autism Spectrum and look forward to supporting you to greater fulfillment and empowerment.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR
 

Treating anxiety has been a core part of my training since I began doing therapy in 2014, working under supervisors who specialized in anxiety treatment. I am trained in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and panic, including CBT, ERP, and MBCT, as well as alternative forms of psychotherapy for those who don’t respond well to cognitive behavioral models.

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

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. 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
 

Quintessential Health provides comprehensive assessment and testing service for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

My doctoral dissertation studied the affect of parental behaviors that support increasing social motivation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As a professional and as a parent of an adult with ASD, I have unique insights into families' daily living and individuals with ASD. I want to support your family goals to achieve success for everyone in the family.

— Jeanie Metivier, Psychotherapist