Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 100 people. There are 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK today according to the NAS (National Autistic Society).
ASD affects people in different ways, and can have an impact on partners, parents and family surrounding the autistic person. Without understanding of ASD, autistic people and their families can be at risk of being isolated. This also means they may be more at risk to develop more severe mental health problems.
As a ‘hidden disability’ it is not always easy to identify ASD. Many people on the autism spectrum can go on to lead very successful lives.
ASD – CHILDREN
The right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to an autistic child’s life. Children, when supported, can learn coping mechanisms and how to adapt behaviours to integrate better with society. ASD is a wide, varied spectrum and behaviours can change in a person through time. This also means there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to counselling autistic children. Family therapy, art therapy, play therapy and socialisation therapy can all play a part in helping young people deal with the pressure of trying to operate in a world that is different from their own.
ASD – ADULTS
Autism is present in a person from birth, however there is a rising number of adults being diagnosed later in life. Late diagnosis can come as a relief to some, offering explanation for certain behaviours or personality traits. However, for some it can be hard to accept and understand their diagnosis and how to integrate it into their lives. Even without diagnosis, therapy can be significant in providing practical and emotional support to those with ASD.
At The Eaves we work with adults, families and children with anger issues, socialisation problems, relationship and sibling difficulties. Many of our psychologists and counsellors have worked for the NHS and with CAMHS, meaning they have specialist knowledge in this area.
Please note we do not offer diagnosis, statements or medication. We can help with assessments, school and GP reports.
Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is around 700,000 people in the UK on the autism
spectrum today according to the National Autistic Society, that’s more than one in 100
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and
interact with the world
Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people,
autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some difficulties autistic
people might have are; social communication and social interaction challenges,
repetitive and restrictive behaviour, over- or under-sensitivity to light/sound/taste/touch,
highly focused interests or hobbies, extreme anxiety, meltdowns and shutdowns