Autism, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s Syndrome are all disorders on the autism spectrum. It’s easiest to think of an autism spectrum disorder as a developmental or learning disability. The truth is all of these diagnoses are very different and we are still learning how to think about, differentiate and understand them; what causes them, what makes them worse, what helps.

Some common behaviors are shared by many individuals along the spectrum…

  • Difficulties with social interaction, especially with peers
  • Easily overwhelmed in high sensor/sensation environments
  • Rigid, inflexible thinking and behavior
  • Difficulties with language and social communication, especially conversation
  • Difficulties with emotional regulation

The current thinking is that the unusual behaviors in autism spectrum disorders are attempts to create balance and manage a world that often feels overwhelming due to difficulties that the brain and nervous system has in receiving, accommodating and processing social, sensory and emotional stimuli.

Helpful Interventions

  • Psychotherapy
  • qEEG Assessment / Neurotherapy
  • Psychological Testing
  • ADHD/Executive Functioning Coaching
  • Social Thinking Groups
  • Integrative Psychiatry
  • Gut/Brain Axis Nutrition
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Transitional Planning Consultation
  • Acupuncture
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Intensive Programs