What is Autism Therapy & How Can it Help?
What is Autism Therapy?
Everyone learns at their own pace, some needing more time to learn a particular concept than others.
Autism is a variance in neurotype that leads to its own strengths and challenges.
There is usually nothing that sets apart autistic individuals in terms of physical appearance, however, the way they learn, interact, and behave may differ from their neurotypical peers. Their learning, thinking and problem-solving skills can range from gifted to challenged, much like their neurotypical peers as well.
Autism traits usually become more noticeable in childhood and is defined by a certain set of behaviours. The different degrees of these behaviours are why Autism is said to be "on a spectrum".
There are certain therapies that can help autistic people develop better communication skills, self-understanding and stress management.
How Autism Affects Individuals’ Social and Academic Life
Autistics may have below or above average intelligence like their neurotypical peers, but autism can still affect learning in different ways.
Some autistics may become too focused on small details and feel lost in those same details. This can sometimes affect mood, sleep and other areas of one's life should the brain become "caught" on those details without a way to sort or resolve them.
While this may present a significant obstacle in their learning journey, early intervention could be effective in addressing the stress that may be generated.
Managing attention is also challenge for many autistic individuals. Specific stimulus, such as the colour of an object or the texture or a shirt, can easily feel overwhelming to someone who is autistic. Working with someone knowledgeable in ASD related challenges can help, as they can help change one's physical environment to help with attention management.
Autism Therapy Benefits
The Many Benefits of Autism Therapy
Every person diagnosed with ASD has their own set of challenges. While some struggle with speech and language, others may have trouble with communication and motor skills.
There are many types of therapies targeted specifically for those with autism, each one focusing on a certain disability.
Occupational therapists help individuals develop better communication techniques that can be used in work, school, and home settings. Younger patients are taught appropriate classroom behaviours and how to reduce sensory distractions.
Physical therapists are beneficial for austistic people who are looking to improve their motor skills, fitness levels, and stamina. Boosting an individual's mobility skills, such as pedalling, kicking, and catching, will help increase their social interaction abilities.
People with ASD who struggle with speech and language can succeed in developing relationships through improved communication with the help of a speech therapist. Some of the things that they teach are how to speak more clearly, use proper facial expressions, and strengthen mouth and jaw muscles.
Autism is one of the most misunderstood "disorders" out there, as many people don’t realize that each autistic person has their own unique set of strengths and limitations. More and more, as research continues to develop, there has been a shift away from seeing autism as a "disorder" that needs to be fixed. Instead, more of the community is seeing Autism as a variance in brain type that comes with it's own set of strengths and limitations.
Seeking therapy to strengthen your self-understanding will help you improve your stress management and help you to reach your goals. At Unique Peace Counselling, we’ve made it our goal to help autistic individuals by giving them the tools and confidence to lead fruitful and successful lives.
Reach out to us to learn more about the benefits of autism counselling and book your first appointment today.