Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder, typically emerging in childhood, which affects a patient’s ability to effectively socialize and communicate. Therapists qualified in the treatment of Autism can also help to diagnose it, as well as work with the individual on their social skills, help them learn to control emotions and address repetitive behaviors, among other things. If you or your child has received a diagnosis of Autism (or you suspect one may be forthcoming), contact one of our specialists today for support.

Meet the specialists

ADOS testing is included in all ASD evaluations along with lots of interviewing. In almost all cases I also observe in a natural social setting and talk to non-family members who know the person very well (usually teachers). Most families can be scheduled for an appointment the same month they contact me. For therapy related to autism, the work often focuses on knowing and name and managing your own emotions as well as understanding others. Ways to live in a neurotypical dominated world is too.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ
 

Autism is simply a set of traits, that happens to manifest in a massive spectrum. It is genetically inherited and enables people to succeed in myriad inwardly focused tasks and activities, but at the expense of a reduced perception of the social world. It is nothing to treat psychiatrically or medically, but it does require a proper understanding of what the condition is and how the autistic individual's brain works. Once the personalized instruction manual is obtained, the rest is easy.

— Paris Obdan, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse & to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I served my internship at Lakemary working with those who have an AHD diagnosis. I have experience working with families of those with AHD to navigate a lifestyle that is different from the mainstream.

— Amanda Altenhofen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tonganoxie, KS

I have expertise in working with neurodiverse folks and those who love them. I have developed a wide-range of expressive arts programs for neurodiverse clientele, and am quite versed in neurodiverse culture and challenges that can face neurodiverse clients.I believe in a non-pathologizing model that orients towards identifying therapy goals and helping clients understand themselves and be the best version of themselves that they can be - just like all other clients.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX
 

I firmly believe in the neurodivergent paradigm which views Autism as natural and a normal variation of human diversity. In therapy, we will address the difficulties of being Autistic in a society that is created for Allistics. I do not “cure” or “fix” symptoms, but I will work with you to identify, understand, and address ways that your neurodiversity may negatively impact your life and work collaboratively to find ways to improve your functioning

— Shirley Roseman, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Have extensive experience and training in the field of autism and Asperger's for the past 28 years. Extensive training in behavior modification, academic work, social development, theory of mind, playgroups, and case coordination and management.

— Miranda Gabriel, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, CA
 

In 2007, I began working in a group home for teens with ASD and have continued to work with those impacted by ASD since that time. I understand the unique strengths and needs for individuals with ASD and their families, and work to create a tailored treatment plan for each client.

— Aimee Whaley, Counselor in Indian Trail, NC

I take a neurodiversity affirming approach to serving autistic youth and young adults, meaning that I do not believe in a "cure" for autism but instead see it as a valuable part of the person I'm working with. We look for ways to work with their neurodivergent brain to make life more comfortable. I am in the process of becoming PEERS Certified through UCLA.

— Kade Sharp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Richland, WA
 

I am a Neurodiversity-Affirmative therapist and don't practice ABA. I recognize that not every Autistic person is the same. I am familiar with masking. (Masking is when someone can blend in when they are around others so that they don't seem Autistic.) This is often a survival skill for Autistic people in a Neurotypical world. I would love to be your guide through navigating the Neurotypical world and discovering your stims, special interests, and strengths.

— Claire Eggleston, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

In addition to my clinical psychotherapy experience I am also a Licensed Special Education Teacher who has worked for the NYC public school system and worked with many children who were diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I currently see clients who are on the autism spectrum.

— Nicole Jenkins, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY
 

I provide evaluation and treatment services for toddlers to young adults on the Autism Spectrum. I specialize in neuropsychological assessment, differential diagnosis, parent education, initial evaluation, special education, navigating resources, and social skills coaching for individuals with ASD.

— Sabrina Gabel, Clinical Psychologist in Burlingame, CA

10 years of experience working with autistic and aspie children, teens, and adults. I currently work with verbal adult clients to help them address chronic anxiety that impacts their quality of life. I provide significant neuroscience psychoeducation to the families I work with and also collaborate with other practitioners on the team. I am highly experienced and specialized in my approach which was developed over many years in both therapeutic and educational settings.

— Kathryn Sills-Payne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I've worked with kids and adults all over the Autism Spectrum. I have extensive experience working with kids on social skills, communication skills, frustration tolerance, behavior modification, and sensory issues.

— Lianna Purjes, Clinical Social Worker in Lakewood, CO