Asperger’s Disorder (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Counseling and Therapy Services in Orlando, East Orlando, Lake Mary, Winter Park & Clermont Florida FL
How long does counseling take?
If the primary need is social skills, we highly recommend Total Life Counseling’s social skills groups. These groups are designed for accelerated growth and change. Each child begins learning new social skills immediately. Positive and lasting change occurs most frequently in group therapy. Counseling for those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder is generally a longer term counseling, individually and in group sessions. Call for more information on our Social Skills Groups, Day and Summer Overnight Camps.
What can you expect from counseling?
- Adult: Adults with Asperger’s can find comfort in helping professionals who understand Asperger’s and provide assistance with the followingSocial Skills in Group or Individual Settings – We have Social Skills Coaching and Weekly Groups
- Relationship Issues including dating or marital issues – Our team has relationship experts to help coach couples with ASD
- Career issues – Our team performs career assessments to pick the right career and can connect them to local vocational organizations whom can assist in finding a job.
- Parents or Caregivers of Asperger’s children may encounter frustrations, isolation, and need support themselves. Our staff can help.
- Child: Children frequently receive Occupational and Speech, as well as other therapies which improve their condition, but they also needSocial Skills Groups One of the greatest things Asperger’s face is a lack of friendships. While it is possible, it is more challenging when one is an adult to tackle the issue of social isolation. The best time to tackle social skills is before a child turns 18.
- Emotional support which they need as well. Autistic Spectrum children may not express themselves and their emotions like typical people do. They feel emotions intensely and often feel people know how they will feel when they are disappointed, but feel victimized as if the person purposely wanted to traumatize them. ASD students could use guidance in being able to appropriately express themselves.
- Family Support Education on ASD to help family members understand their ASD family member and provide better support and cope.
- Parent Support and Behavior Modification tools and charts specifically designed for the Autistic Spectrum Child or Teens needs.
Our therapists understand the isolation and loneness parents of Autistic Spectrum Disorder children sometimes feel. Having someone listen, unconditionally, and provide proven suggestions and resources can be a huge relief. Also, for those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, it’s nice to have at least one place where s/he can express himself, and receive constructive feedback in order to help him be able to achieve his goals in life.
What can one expect from counseling?
Whether Adult, Child, or Teen, your counselor will tailor counseling to your unique, individual needs. In your very first session, you and your counselor will review your goals and come up with a strategy to achieve those goals.
What are the symptoms of Aspergers?
According to the DSM-V, published by the American Psychiatric Association, Asperger’s is a qualitative impairment in social interaction as manifested by at least two of the following:
1. Marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction.
2. Failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
3. A lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
4. Lack of social or emotional reciprocity
Restricted repetitive stereotyped patterns of behavior interests, activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
1. Encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
2. Apparently inflexible adherence to specific, non functional routines or rituals
3. Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole body movements)
4. Persistent preoccupation with of objects
C. the disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.
D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years).
E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.
F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia
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