The Psych Professionals provide counselling therapy for autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our highly trained and experienced staff can help people of all ages to improve their mental health and quality of life.
We also offer a range of support services for parents of children with autism. Our programs include the Triple P program (Positive Parenting Program) and 1-2-3 Magic.
What is autism?
Autism is a developmental condition, which typically lasts a lifetime. Much about autism is still unknown, but it is believed to have neurological and/or genetic causes.
People with autism often struggle with social interaction, communication skills, as well as understanding and processing emotions—which leads to behavioural issues. Many of those with autism have different learning needs as they may have difficulty paying attention for periods of time.
Autism is part of the class of conditions known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which also includes Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive development disorder. Around 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with an ASD, and boys are 4 times more likely to develop autism than girls.
Signs and symptoms of autism in children
The signs of autism and ASD may be difficult to identify, as no 2 children with the condition are exactly the same. However, a person with autism will usually have issues with social interaction and communication, and tend towards restricted and repetitive behaviour.
Signs of autism in children include:
- being slow to develop language skills
- learning difficulties
- preferring to play by themselves in repetitive activities
- hand flapping, toe walking, and even hand-biting
- an obsession with favourite objects and topics
- a dislike for change, resulting in anxiety or stress
- expressing emotions through tantrums
- an over-sensitivity to regular sounds, smells, tastes, textures etc. (such as hair dryers, vacuum cleaners and sand).
Treatment for autism
Unfortunately there is no known cure for autism; however, with treatment, a person’s quality of life can be improved. If autism is detected early on and treated with behavioural and cognitive therapy, a person can live a more ‘normal’ and enjoyable life and learn to have positive social interactions.
Cognitive and behavioural therapy helps those with autism to learn skills and strategies to be able to cope with everyday life and their emotions.
Contact us — The Psych Professionals
If you’d like more information about autism, contact The Psych Professionals to find out how therapy can help. We can discuss your options and arrange a suitable appointment time for you or a child.