Child teen counseling Aspergers, Autism Spectrum Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona

A child or adolescent teen with present symptoms of Asperger syndrome would fall in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder based on the new DSM the bible used by psychiatrists and other mental health providers used to diagnose mental health disorders.(2013)

There are NO medications that directly treat the corse symptoms of Aspergers syndrome ( Autism Spectrum). Behavioral interventions and Environmental accommodations combined with parenting skills and family and individual counseling have shown great success. Learning to identify emotions in self and others is a big part of Aspergers however many children and adults also have difficulty identifying emotions in general. It is important to merge thinking and feeling and find a balance for health and success.

Aspergers children respond best with a great deal of structure in the home. Parents can create boundaries and a social contract as well as a daily schedule to assist with Asperger’s children to create success. Parent’s can facilitate social activities for their child with peers or friends however it works best if the parent is involved and their is structured activities and a plan to follow.

Breaking down appropriate and specific social behaviors into small steps that can be practiced daily is helpful for social interactions and communication. Learning to maneuver in anxiety producing situations through progressive relaxation, mindfulness, visualization and other skills is extremely helpful. Building self esteem through the child’s strength’s is helpful as well.

Depression, anxiety, inattention, and aggression can be addressed in counseling through a therapist that has skills to address these behaviors. LifeworksAZ has worked with thousands of youth and families that struggle with: social skills, anger management, mood regulation, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADD, and ADHD. Behavior modification tools for the family combined with a variety of tools in therapy will help your child with mood and social skills.CBT therapy an evidence based therapy has shown excellent results in children and teens relating to anger management, explosive emotions, anxiety and depression. Children can learn how to improve on their communication skills as well as breaking unhealthy repetitive routines or behaviors.Working on perceptual social challenges with non verbal communication and problems with the ability to draw social inferences is important.

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