Help, I’m an adult with ASD.

Many adults with ASD (either diagnosed or suspected) may come to a point where they are wanting to achieve certain goals but have limited awareness of where to begin.  The search for independence, autonomy and meaningful relationships and/or work can be strong yet there may be deficits in functional abilities that prevent a person from achieving success.

On The Spectrum Therapy Services assists adults with ASD in determining SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented) goals and in building improved insight and awareness into the inner workings of the brain affected by ASD.  Helping an adult to become more self-aware and more in-tune with the surrounding environment (culturally, socially, physically and emotionally) provides an individual with an ability to begin to reflect on one’s behavior and the impact it may have on others.  Reading others’ emotions, body language, tone of voice, figures of speech, sarcasm and general mood is a skill that requires effort, concentration and a fair amount of emotional energy.

A key component to dissect is MOTIVATION.  Therapy sessions are geared towards identifying motivators (what provides ‘meaning’ to an individual?) and in creating a step-by-step action plan to facilitate an individual’s success in goal attainment.

Using a strengths-based approach, On The Spectrum Therapy Services works with adults of all ages to promote participation in meaningful occupations so that individuals with ASD can feel efficacious, proud and productive.

 

 

Relationship Struggles: Counselling Services for Individuals, Couples and Families

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be challenged with interpersonal, relationship or family dynamics due to the often puzzling social nuances and miscommunication that occurs from time to time. What starts out as a small conflict can quickly escalate into an erupting volcano when the communication breaks down between individuals.  On The Spectrum Therapy Services assists individuals and families in opening up lines of communication by facilitating a deeper understanding of the potential perceptual differences and guiding the family to a common ground.  Other interventions may include supporting individuals in developing healthier coping skills, a better awareness of how one’s behavior can impact on others (perspective-taking) and practical strategies to manage ‘in the moment’ conflict.

Whether the struggles stem from parenting frustrations (not feeling heard), individual client perceptions (s/he is doing it wrong), poor coping strategies (meltdowns), issues with self-esteem (everybody hates me, I’m a failure), loss of perceived control (sensory overload, unpredictability of partner) or intimate relationship difficulties (intimacy, affection, expectations) speaking with a therapist who can help navigate the waters of ASD will provide clarity and thus more harmonious relationships overall.

Call to schedule your appointment.  Individuals, couples and families welcome.