Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental condition, sometimes individuals have other learning difficulties, mental health conditions or other support needs. We assess and work with each individual according to their specific needs and offer tailored support and services to meet those identified needs.
It’s estimated that more than 1 in 100 people have autism, so you’re not alone. It might be that this is your first time looking for support or that you have tried previously. We have a range of services that can help. It may be that as an adult you need a more comprehensive understanding of how your condition affects you, or how to increase your ability and skills in managing your emotions and reactions to a neurotypical world that you find hard to comprehend. We can offer individual and group work to enable you to move forward.
Autism and (PDA) Pathological Demand Avoidance is a condition that can be viewed as part of ASD or appears separate from ASD with many similarities. The main aspect that people with PDA struggle with is the extreme and heightened anxiety that is created by both internal and external demands on their time and attention. This heightened anxiety and fear can translate into, what appears to be out of control and angry behaviour, but what the individual is trying to communicate is how out of control they feel. The strategies that may work ordinarily will be less effective with this cohort of people and for each person with PDA, it is about helping you as a person or as a family, find a more cohesive and ordered way of managing the emotions and behaviours that arise.
We offer behavioural work with children and their families, as often, we learn how to raise neurotypical children, but we are not prepared for the changes and adaptations that we need to make when raising a child with ASD or PDA.
Family therapy can be a part of what you as a family need to enable you to gain acceptance of your child’s differences and qualities. We work towards parents being able to communicate more effectively with their child, being able to understand the way your child thinks and views the world and giving your child an understanding and insight in how you view and interpret the world.
Adults and older teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder can find that their understanding of life is limited to their own world view. This can result in confusion, anxiety, depression and a feeling of not understanding why you are ‘different’. We can work with you to learn an understanding of your emotions, other’s emotions, how to manage and tolerate distress and how to learn to engage in effective communication with others.