Autism Therapy in North Vancouver

Are you facing the challenges of living with Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, behavior, and social interaction. The signs of autism can vary, but some common characteristics include difficulty with communication, repetitive behaviors, and difficulty with social interaction. In some cases, people with autism may have high functioning autism, which means they have average or above-average intelligence but still struggle with social interaction and communication.

What causes Autism?

The causes of autism are not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Research has shown that there may be a link between certain genetic mutations and the development of autism. Additionally, environmental factors such as exposure to certain chemicals or viruses during pregnancy may also play a role.

Signs of Autism

The signs of autism can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:

  • Delayed language development or difficulty with communication
  • Repetitive behaviors, such as hand flapping or rocking back and forth
  • Difficulty with social interaction, such as making eye contact or engaging in conversation
  • Difficulty with change or transitioning from one activity to another
  • Sensory sensitivities, such as being overly sensitive to loud noises or bright lights

How do you know that you have autism?

Autism test

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have autism, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional. They can provide a diagnosis through a series of evaluations, including a developmental screening and a diagnostic evaluation.

Is Autism genetic?

Research has shown that there may be a genetic component to autism. Studies have found that if one child in a family has autism, the likelihood of another child in the same family developing autism is higher than in the general population. However, the exact genetic factors that contribute to autism are not fully understood.

Adults with Autism

Autism is often diagnosed in childhood, but many people with autism continue to live with the condition into adulthood. For adults with autism, it can be challenging to navigate social situations, find employment, and form relationships. However, with the right support and resources, many adults with autism are able to lead fulfilling and successful lives.

Autism awareness

As awareness of autism has increased in recent years, so too has our understanding of the condition. By increasing awareness and understanding of autism, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive society for people with autism and their families.

Autism therapy allows you to heal your heart and feel adequate again

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. While autism itself is not a result of trauma, individuals with autism may experience traumatic events that impact their emotional and mental health. Trauma therapy can be a helpful approach to addressing the emotional and psychological impact of such events.

Trauma therapy allows individuals to explore their traumatic experiences with a trained therapist in a safe and supportive environment. Through this therapy, individuals can learn coping strategies to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that may have resulted from their trauma. Trauma therapy is not a quick fix, but a process that requires commitment and patience.

At Boomerang Counseling Center, our skilled therapists are committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for individuals with autism to work towards their goals and feel better about themself. Our therapists work alongside their clients, skillfully guiding them through their journey. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to heal, grow, and feel adequate again.

Often, people with autism may struggle to express their emotions or experiences verbally. Our therapists are trained in various therapeutic techniques, including art therapy and play therapy, which allow individuals to express themselves non-verbally. Our goal is to help individuals with autism process their experiences, develop coping skills, and find confidence in who they are.

If you or someone you know with autism is in need of therpeutic support, know that help is possible. Reach out to Boomerang Counseling Center to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced trauma therapists. We are here to support you on your healing and growth journey.

What you can expect during Autism therapy sessions?

At Boomerang Counseling Center, our trauma therapy sessions for autism focus on providing comprehensive care to our clients. We understand that neurodiversity can have a lasting impact on individuals, which is why our sessions are tailored to your unique needs.

During your therapy sessions, our experienced therapists will work with you to explore your developmental history, relational dynamics, and interpersonal neurobiology. By understanding your experiences, we can provide a safe and supportive space for you to heal and grow.

Our long-term goal is to help you achieve emotional regulation and a positive mindset. To achieve this, we use a variety of skills and techniques that are tailored to your specific needs. These may include grounding exercises, psychedelic integration, and breathwork, which teach you to pay close attention to your body and recognize how it responds to trauma.

Throughout your treatment, our team of counselors will work with you to identify triggers and find healthy ways to manage trauma symptoms. We believe in providing you with the tools and resources you need to free yourself from past traumas and achieve peace of mind.

At Boomerang Counseling Center, we are committed to providing you with compassionate care, a supportive environment, and the resources you need to heal. Contact us today to learn more about our trauma therapy services for autism.

Autism treatment approaches

Autism treatment approaches vary widely, and the appropriate treatments for an individual depend on their specific needs and challenges. It’s important to work closely with healthcare professionals when selecting a treatment, and to ask about the evidence supporting its effectiveness, including potential side effects.

Behavioral therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), are among the most widely studied and frequently used therapies for those on the autism spectrum. Other outpatient therapies, such as speech therapy, sensory therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, may also be recommended depending on the individual’s needs.

Evidence-based sensorimotor therapies, such as music and art therapy, and animal therapy, may also be beneficial in helping individuals deal with anxiety and emotions, as well as express themselves.

When seeking autism treatment, it’s important to work with a care team that includes professionals such as behaviorists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, neurologists, nutritionists, OT/PT/ST therapists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and psychologists. At Boomerang Counselling Centre, our role will be helping the social/emotion needs for you or your loved one.

Early intervention is crucial in treating autism, and the earlier an individual receives appropriate support, the better their prognosis. However, it’s important to note that there is no single treatment for everyone with autism, and what works for one person may be less effective for another.

Regular monitoring of an individual’s progress is also important, and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) can be a useful tool in tracking changes over time. The Autism Research Institute provides support and guidance to parents and professionals worldwide in navigating the journey of autism treatment.

Maybe you still have some questions about Autism therapy

Will my Autism always make things difficult for me?

Working with a therapist can help you understand and manage the challenges that come with Autism. By learning coping strategies and developing skills to navigate social situations and sensory sensitivities, you can improve your quality of life and feel more in control of your experiences.

What if I feel overwhelmed or anxious in new situations?

Your therapist can work with you to identify triggers and develop coping mechanisms to manage overwhelming situations. It’s okay to take things one step at a time and to ask for help when you need it. Your therapist will be there to support you and help you develop strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress.

What training do your therapists have?

Our therapists have training and experience in a variety of evidence-based therapies. We will work with you to find the best fit for your needs and preferences.

You can be yourself with Autism

Living with Autism does not have to be isolating. If constant self-doubt, social concerns, and frustration prevent you from living the way you desire, therapy with Boomerang Counselling Center offers you the opportunity to reconfigure yourself and effectively manage your Autism symptoms.

To get started, please book a free, 20-minute consultation or call us at (778) 836-4772 for more details.

Therapists specializing in Autism

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Stefanie Stanley, MA, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Brandys Evans, MA, RCC

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR

Kristin Sickavish, M. Ed.

MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY INTERN COUNSELLOR

Cristina Higgins, MEd, RCC

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR

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Specialties

We specialize in a variety of neurodiversity, behavioural, anxiety, attention, learning, social, and emotional problems. We also provide family support through parent coaching, counselling, and reunification.