Helping Autistic Adults Gain Self-Awareness & Confidence

Autism is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses among adults in Canada nowadays. Part of the reason for this, is that every autistic individual presents with unique strengths and challenges. Although there are often overlapping symptoms between two autistic individuals, the degree to which these symptoms affect them may vary widely.

These autistic traits can include communication barriers, different ways of perceiving one’s environment, and (a classic trait of autistic adults) often a strong need to stick to structure, patterns and rituals that others may see as frustrating and inflexible. At Unique Peace Counselling, we focus solely on treating teens and adults, and do not offer treatment for youth at this time.

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Therapy in a Positive, Supporting Environment

It’s not an overstatement when we say that, quite simply, autistic individuals see the world differently than other people do. These differences sometimes cause that person significant frustration and perhaps even trauma as he/she/they were going through childhood, as the world is primarily designed for those without the diagnosis (neurotypicals). As an adult, the world poses a different set of frustrations for autistic individuals as well as for others (friends, colleagues, family et al) in their lives. This is manifested in situations ranging from work and social interactions, to relationships and much more.

At Unique Peace Counselling, our goal is to work with autistic individuals and give them the tools and confidence they need to survive and thrive. A great deal of this comes down to improving one's self-awareness, environment and emotional coping strategies. If you identify as autistic, we are here to empower you through a strength-based approach. If you are a friend of someone who is autistic, we encourage you to attend a session (or more) as this has proven to be an effective contribution to the process.

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Different Types of Therapy for Autism

Behaviour Therapy: Applied behaviour analysis can help individuals with autism to learn new skills and to understand appropriate behaviours in specific social settings and situations.

Educational Therapy:: Children with autism can strongly benefit from intensive, highly-structured, and individualized educational programs. Therapy for autism can help create a learning environment that fosters a supportive framework for better educational progress.

Communication Therapy: Depending on the unique needs of the individual, speech therapy can drastically help those with autism to improve their communication skills.

Occupational Therapy: Autism therapy can help teach individuals with autism the basics skills required for daily living. Gaining a sense of independence and having the capacity to perform everyday tasks is huge factor in overall well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Autism is a complex neurotype that is present since birth. Individuals diagnosed with autism will commonly experience differences in social interactions, repetitive behaviours and both verbal and nonverbal communication.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), autism is estimated to affect one in every 59 people.

There is currently no universal or standardized diagnostic testing for adults that are suspected to be autistic. Adult diagnoses of autism are primarily done by clinicians and psychologists through observations, interactions, and evaluating reported behaviour traits.

There is no one singular cause of autism. Research suggests that autism develops from a combination of genetic and environmental influences. Having autistic parents can also increase the likelihood of their child being autistic.

Diagnosing autism should only be done by a qualified professional who has undergone specific training and has the required certification to diagnose autism. This could include a family doctor, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, or a psychologist.

A better way to see autism can be to view "symptoms" as "traits". Traits of autism include differences in social communication preferences and restricted, repetitive behaviours. Some other common traits include: hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to touch, light or sounds, fixations on certain objects or activities, or very specific routines/rituals.