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.