Autism Treatment

Is Your Child Struggling With Delays In Emotional And Social Communication?

Are you worried about your child’s ability to cope with autism, live independently or be happy?  Does he or she have a hard time picking up on social cues or being flexible in conversations?  Is your child always worrying about social interactions?  You may have noticed that autism therapy_1your child is becoming more isolated, anxious or depressed as a result of his or her developmental challenges, but aren’t sure what you can do or who you can turn to for help.

Your pediatrician or school may have recommended that you seek an autism evaluation.  Concerns over a new or possible autism spectrum diagnosis can leave you worried about your child’s development.  It can be difficult to maintain order in your family and ensure everyone feels equally loved when so much of your time is spent helping one child manage challenges.  Do you wish you could understand why your child is struggling and help him or her develop the social and coping skills needed to build healthy relationships and manage daily challenges?

Many Parents And Children Struggle To Understand And Cope With Autism

Research shows that about one percent of the population currently has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (e.g., Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder). While symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder are considered to be on a continuum, the degree to which they impact a child varies. Many parents recognize that their child is suffering from developmental challenges, making it hard to function in daily life, whether this be completing academic tasks, interacting with others socially, managing emotions or completing simple daily tasks. An autism evaluation at Chupik Counseling can provide the information that will allow you to access the resources and support needed to help your child.  It is important to remember that while a child may be diagnosed with autism, he or she is not defined by it.

Autism Treatment Can Help Your Child Learn Social And Coping Skills

With autism treatment at Chupik Counseling, your child can learn the coping strategies and skills he or she needs to build upon his or her strengths, and be as happy, healthy and independent as possible.

autism therapy_2As a neurodevelopmental disorder, autism can present unique and lifelong social, emotional and physical challenges. Effective autism treatment identifies and focuses on the issues that you and your child are most concerned about.  While there is no cure for autism, with the right treatment approach, guidance and support, your child can learn the coping skills he or she needs to communicate effectively and manage his or her emotions and behaviors.

Autism treatment focuses on building coping skills to deal with challenges like anxiety, depression and difficulty in social situations that often co-occur with developmental disorders.  We offer a safe environment, compassionate counseling and a strength-based approach to help your child manage difficulties.  We utilize creative approaches like art and play therapy to help your child communicate clearly and feel understood despite developmental delays in emotional language and communication skills.  But, effective treatment extends beyond teaching your child new coping techniques or social scripts.  Autism requires parents to adapt to their situation, and we provide the resources, education and support you need to help your child feel happy and confident.

If you have noticed delays in language development or social reciprocity, or if your child’s school or pediatrician has expressed concern about a developmental disorder, an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis can help you find the specific resources and support you need to help your child.  At Chupik Counseling, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) along with other measures to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses and determine if they are caused by a form of autism spectrum disorder.  You can feel safe asking questions and discussing your concerns about raising a child with autism.  When you understand how your child is struggling, you can take strategic steps to help him or her manage behavioral challenges and improve communication skills.

Your child may already have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, but continues to struggle with behavior problems, social difficulties or co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  In these cases, your child may benefit from learning specific coping skills to help him or her improve relationships and manage difficult emotions.  He or she may not fully understand the nuances of conversation, speech and facial expressions the way that a neurotypical person would.  But, by teaching social skills and scripts—looking someone in the eyes or nodding to show that you are listening, for example—your child can learn how to manage conversations and live a happy, independent life.

In autism treatment sessions, we utilize a variety of approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help your child manage challenges and develop effective social skills and tools.  By learning practical strategies to deal with real problems, your child can build the language he or she needs to communicate effectively and foster healthy relationships.  If your child is non-verbal, we will help you find the right support systems and resources, tailored to your unique challenges and where he or she falls on the autism spectrum.  There are many great autism support groups for families and parents, and we can connect you with a variety of specialists like occupational therapists, speech therapists, Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialists, and physical therapists.

Early intervention is critical. Autism Speaks, one of the largest autism advocacy and research groups, offers a First 100 Days Toolkit to help you understand what important steps you can and should be taking following an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.  Studies suggest early and intensive intervention can help a child diagnosed with autism grow up to be a healthy, happy and independent adult.

At Chupik Counseling, we have provided autism treatment and/or assessment services for children and families for over 20 years.  In that time we have helped countless patients learn to understand their challenges and take steps to manage specific emotional and social difficulties. With the right guidance and support, your child can develop the social and coping skills he or she needs.

But you may still have questions or concerns about autism treatment…

I feel like things are out of my control.

This is a common feeling among parents of children with Autism, and it is completely normal.  What you do have control over is how you move forward.  It can be difficult caring for and managing a child with autism, and you may have never received the practical techniques and solutions you needed to deal with specific issues.  During autism treatment, we’ll work together to develop effective strategies you can use to help your child.  While you will need to practice these strategies at home, your therapist isn’t going anywhere, and you will always have someone you can reach for guidance and support.

Between work and school, there just isn’t enough time for autism treatment.

Autism treatment can be an intensive process when it first begins, including hours traveling and meeting with counselors and other specialists.  But, this isn’t a permanent schedule, and by making strides now you can save a substantial amount of time and energy in the future.  Additionally, if you are too overwhelmed when we start treatment, we can focus our approach on one area or specialist at a time and revisit the decision in 6 to 12 months.  Autism treatment is a dynamic process, and we can change it as your child grows and develops.

What if I’m spending too much time helping one child and not doing enough to take care of the rest of my family, my marriage or myself?

While a child with autism may need extra care or special rules, it is just as important that you are able to take care of yourself and your family, giving everyone the time and attention they need.  It is natural to be concerned about your family, and—in addition to helping your child—autism treatment can help you learn how to ensure all of your loved ones feel valued and respected during this challenging period.

Your Child Can Be Happy And Healthy

If you believe your child may have an autism spectrum disorder and you are seeking a diagnosis, or if your child needs help learning appropriate coping and social skills to manage his or her disorder, we invite you to call Chupik Counseling to schedule an initial consultation.