What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological developmental disorder affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact socially. Previously diagnosed as either autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, people with ASD can face issues with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours.
As a spectrum disorder, ASD has symptoms and severity that can vary from person to person. Some people with ASD may struggle to understand social cues, hold a conversation, or understand how others think or feel. Others may have repetitive behaviours, interests, routines, sensitivities, or challenges with sensory processing.
While autism and Asperger’s Syndrome can have common symptoms, there are definite differences and support needs for both. However, both conditions have been officially merged as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) though some people living with either condition prefer to stick to the single condition diagnosis.
What’s the difference between Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s syndrome is a milder form of autism that’s sometimes referred to as ‘high-functioning’ autism. People with Asperger’s syndrome usually have fewer delays in language development and cognitive skills than those with autism. They may also have a more focused area of interest or expertise and struggle with social interactions and communication more than others.
Autism is a more severe neurological disorder that can cause significant delays in language development and cognitive skills. People with autism may struggle with social interaction and communication and may also have repetitive behaviours or interests. They may also have sensory sensitivities or challenges with self-regulation.
The severity of autism and Asperger’s syndrome can vary widely, coming with a spectrum of disorders that are part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some people with ASD may have more severe symptoms, while others may have milder symptoms.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) counselling
Autism Spectrum Disorder counselling in a safe and supportive space can effectively support anyone with either autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, helping them cope with the daily challenges they face. Counselling sessions can include ways to help develop social skills, improve communication, learn coping strategies to manage symptoms, and be an outlet to process emotions and address any related mental health issues.
Autism Spectrum Disorder counselling for anyone may include different approaches, such as one-to-one counselling alongside family or group therapy. Our team of experienced counsellors and psychotherapists at Devon Therapy Services can use effective cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help change thought patterns and specific behaviours for anyone affected by ASD.
If you or a family member will benefit from Autism Spectrum Disorder counselling in Exeter, Torquay, and surrounding areas, contact Devon Therapy Services today to help navigate the challenges being faced and live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
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