Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), formerly encompassing pervasive developmental disorders including autism and Aspergers, are common diagnoses that we treat at The Dorm. If you or a loved one is struggling with an ASD, please contact our team to learn more about how we can help.
ASDs are neurological developmental disorders that affect one’s behavior and interaction with others, from intimate family and friends to the extended community.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF ASD?
An inability to effectively communicate with others
Repetition of behaviors and a narrowed focus of interests
Symptoms that particularly limit a client’s functionality as in the areas of vocation or educational pursuits
How We Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders At The Dorm
The Dorm provides individualized treatment utilizing evidence-based practices to help those living with various Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our clinicians employ various techniques including clinical coaching, skills-based therapy, exposure therapy, socialization and community building as well as cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies to strengthen independent functioning.
AT THE DORM, OUR INTEGRATED APPROACH TO TREATING INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER INCLUDES:
Socialization & Group Therapy
The Dorm provides a safe space for young adults with an ASD to interact and engage with each other in a supportive atmosphere. Through community contact, structured group therapy and with the guidance of our clinical staff, our clients learn to build healthy social relationships and develop various social life skills that last beyond their time spent at The Dorm.
Skills-based treatments are individualized based on the needs and symptoms of a client. Life skills therapists can help a client manage the basic activities of daily living (ADLs) including cooking, cleaning, maintaining a healthy sleep/wake cycle, medication compliance, personal hygiene, and budgeting.
Family Therapy/Parent Therapy
When appropriate, we offer family and parent therapy for individuals diagnosed with an ASD. Familial-based psychological counseling helps family members to process the emotional impact of having a loved one diagnosed with an ADS and who struggles with interpersonal communication. Education is provided around the benefits and risks of medication, symptoms and the meaning of symptoms and how to communicate and lay effective, loving boundaries with a family member in treatment.
Medication can play a role in the treatment of an ADS which is why, with appropriate consent, we are in consistent communication with all outside psychiatrists.
We believe in the power of alternative and holistic approaches to treatment. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and various forms of exercise are offered at both the individual and group levels. These holistic treatments are shown to help with symptom management and stress relief in individuals diagnosed with an ADS.
How can we help?
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