Recent research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their life. These numbers have changed dramatically in the past ten years and necessitates the availability of counseling for families of those diagnosed with ASD. I strive to meet those needs.
The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) drastically change the landscape of ASD.
Another change in the last year is found in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Five (DSM-5.) Asperger’s disorders, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, are now included under the ASD umbrella. There can also be a diagnosis of communication disorder that may include difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication. Each diagnosis comes with a share of hurdles that I can help overcome in individual and family therapy. For a summary of further changes please go the DSM-5 website at, http://www.dsm5.org.
ASD can bring about a wonderful personality that is specific and unique to the individual but it can also come with some challenges. Difficult moments may arise at the first stage of diagnosis, transitioning through developmental stages, moving out of the home, and/or building relationship and communication. I can offer therapy and support for families going through these transitions. I believe “family” includes a variety of people like parents, guardians, siblings, friends, and teachers.
Individuals that have a diagnosis of ASD or other spectrum disorder may face new challenges as they begin or maintain their adult development. As a family therapist, my goal is to serve those families and individuals who experience the transitions in young adult and adult years.
I focus on improving social skills, communication, relationships, verbal and non-verbal skills, perceiving and reading other people, and educational or occupational changes.
This month please take a minute and talk to those around you about autism spectrum disorder and the families and individuals it impacts. And if there is someone that may need an extra hand in the journey please provide them with my information. If you or your family are experiencing some of the struggles, unanswered questions, or transitions that come with ASD please contact me, I would be happy to help you and your family achieve your goals and gain some tools for future hurdles.
*Originally written April 2014