autism support

Common Topics:

  • Autistic identity

    • Late diagnosis​

    • Self-diagnosis

    • Special interests

    • Stims

    • Masking/camouflaging

      • Anxiety​

      • Depression

      • Dissociation

      • Substance use

      • Suicidality

    • Pathological demand avoidance

    • Co-occurring conditions

      • ADHD​

      • Hypermobility

    • Accessing community
       

  • Social constructs
     

  • Communication

    • Relationship challenges​

    • Augmentative & alternative communication (AAC)

  • Executive functioning

    • Planning, organizing, & following through ​with tasks

    • Time management

    • Attention

    • Flexibility
       

  • Differences in internal experience

    • Interoception: challenges recognizing and interpreting internal cues related to hunger, thirst, tiredness, and other sensations

    • Alexithymia: challenges feeling/identifying/ interpreting emotions

    • Neuroception: how our brains interpret cues of safety and danger

      • Emotional regulation​

      • Meltdowns

      • Shutdowns

      • Burnout (prevention & recovery)
         

  • Gender identity and expression

  • Trauma​

    • Sensory trauma​

    • Complex PTSD and PTSD

    • Interpersonal violence 

    • Systemic trauma experienced in schools, workplaces, and the community

    • Impact of mental health /behavior management strategies, including parents' parenting practices

      • ABA, behaviorism​

      • Behavior modifcation

      • Cognitive behavioral therapy
         

  • Ableism and discrimination​

What are common misdiagnoses?

Many autistic people experiencing having their behaviors and thought patterns interpreted as other types of disorders. This happens at a greater frequency among BIPOC and AFAB folks. Common misdiagnoses include:
 

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Depression

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Disordered eating / eating disorders

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Most common for BIPOC and AFAB folks​ to experience this

Individual therapy

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  • Exploration of neurodivergent experience and identity
     

  • Prioritization of sensory safety​

    • Exploration of sensory triggers​

    • Exploration of self-soothing strategies ("stims") to better support your nervous system
       

  • Identification of support needs and everyday accommodations
     

  • Clinical support identifying traits meeting autism diagnostic criteria listed in the DSM-5 in order to pursue a medical diagnosis

family therapy

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  • Support to caregivers of Autistic children
     

  • Development of strategies to support Autistic children, including:​

Consultation

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  • Neurodiversity-affirming strategies for the home, classroom, and/or workplace
     

  • Referral to other neurodiversity-affirming service providers when available

    • Speech therapists

    • Occupational therapists

    • Education advocates



       

neurodiversity-affirming services

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