High Functioning Autism (Asperger's-type)
Persons with high functioning autism (sometimes called Asperger's or ASD) can go through life undiagnosed because they are often extremely bright and verbal. But, deficits in the ability to communicate in social situations, ADHD, sensory sensitivities, and problems regulating emotions (often extreme anxiety) can get in the way. A myth about persons with autism is that they don't want friends - this is not true. Persons with ASD desire social relationships but often don't know how to navigate them.
If you or your child has ASD, or you would like to find out, you are encouraged to schedule a diagnostic evaluation appointment with one of our clinicians who work extensively with these issues to determine appropriate services, which might include:
Parenting Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a developmental disorder, which means that it changes along with your child. Children and teenagers with Asperger's -type ASD face special challenges, which means their parents do, too. Help is available through individual parenting sessions and parent groups.