Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complicated brain disorders that often makes it hard to communicate with and socially interact with others. The symptoms and severity of autism spectrum disorders vary widely, but most types affect a child's ability to connect with people. Autistic children may have trouble developing language skills (or not develop them at all), exhibit repetitive behaviors, and appear uninterested in the world around them. As they grow, children with autism have trouble recognizing social cues, like facial expressions, which makes it difficult for them to interpret what others are feeling or thinking. ASD appears in early childhood and, for many, the struggle to relate to others is a life-long battle. While there is no cure for autism, behavioral therapy is often a critical part of the treatment plan and can help the child develop social and language skills. Parents and siblings of children suffering from autism can also benefit from therapy to help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.
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I have ten years of experience working with individuals with autism. My specialty is helping parents understand and relate to a child with autism. I also have experience assisting individuals with autism who are struggling with anxiety or frustration
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been recognized and a true breakthrough in the treatment of social problems and autism. Horses have a unique way of communicating and peole on the spectrum aften feel heard and seen in new ways.
The terms Aspergers and Autism are often used interchangeably; most frequently people refer to adults as having Aspergers and to children being autistic. Autistic children, of course, remain autistic throughout their lives. Autism is not tragic. Autistic people process information and sensations differently from the majority population, but have many strengths and can live happily.
Couples (neurotypical and neurodiverse) who have had a child diagnosed or suspect that their child could be diagnosed autism experience tremendous stress and general lack of community support. I support couples who are working hard to be advocates for their kids and balance home, work, and personal lives. I am deeply invested in this work and will support couples at any stage in their journey.