Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (Levels 1 and 2)
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism is a complex, developmental, brain-based condition that impacts many areas of a child’s development including communication abilities, emotional regulation, behavioural regulation, social skills, learning, and self-care abilities.
How do I handle my child’s meltdowns?
Many children with autism have a low frustration tolerance, are highly emotionally reactive, have sensory sensitivities, and often have “meltdowns”. Therapy focusing on emotional regulation helps children with autism learn to identify and manage their emotions, and gives parents an understanding of meltdowns and new strategies to use with their children.
How do I get my child with autism off his electronics?
Sometimes it can feel as though all a child does is play on their electronics. This is particularly true of children with autism, as electronics are used as a way of managing anxiety and retreating from a world that is hard to understand. Therapy provides parents with strategies for managing time on electronics, and supports children with managing anxiety so they are more willing to try other activities.
How do I get my child with autism to do what I want?
Children with autism like to do things their way, and can often be viewed as stubborn or unnecessarily difficult. They like to maintain a sense of control and are often inflexible if they don’t understand what is being asked of them. Therapy teaches parents how to manage inflexibility, and teaches children how to be more flexible in activities whilst managing their anxiety and maintaining a sense of control.
How do I get my child with autism to sleep?
Children with autism often experience sleep problems. Most commonly these difficulties include trouble getting to sleep. Paediatricians may prescribe melatonin to help children feel the wave of tiredness associated with the onset of sleep. Psychological therapy can also be of benefit. Behavioural therapy focused on good sleep routines and sleep hygiene greatly benefits children with autism.
How do I help my child with autism cope with change?
Change is difficult for a child with autism, as any change provokes anxiety, and a sense of loss of control. Therapy teaches parents how to prepare their child to manage daily changes, and teaches children coping strategies for managing change.
How do I help my child with autism cope with social situations?
Social situations often provoke anxiety for children with autism. Compounding this anxiety is an underlying difficulty understanding people and the perspectives of others. Therapy provides children with coping strategies to manage anxiety along with skills for understanding others and social situations.