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

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

While autistic adults and teens may be categorized as having Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the DSM 5-TR, I don't think in terms of disorder. I prefer to think of the work that I do as providing neurodiversity affirming therapy in support of individuals exploring their autistic traits. I do not operate from a deficit model. Instead, I emphasize your strengths, take into account your needs, and focus on your challenges.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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.,

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

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

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

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

After working for about a decade as an ABA therapist and clinician at a site that supported with family members who had Autism as a diagnosis, I am confident in my abilities to support people who identify as neurodiverse.

— Miriam Collada, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 ,

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

I am an expert in the field of evaluating and treating those on the Autism spectrum, especially adult female-bodied individuals. As an adult woman on the spectrum myself, I understand the unique difficulties that come with being Autistic or neuro-divergent in this neuro-typical world.

— Dolly Ferraiuolo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

Welcome. I am a Licensed Behavioral Specialist (L.B.S.), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), and a Credentialed Autism Spectrum Disorder-Clinical Specialist. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) focused on elementary and special education and a Master in Social Work (MSW) specializing 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 Orange Park, FL