Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Family Support
As of 2018, Statistics Canada estimated that approximately 1 in every 66 youth between the ages of 5 and 17 have been diagnosed with ASD. With the understanding that cases are often unreported while the number of diagnoses rise each year, it is speculated that many more individuals and families are living with ASD than presumed. Sadly, many of these individuals are not receiving adequate support while services can often yield a daunting waitlist.
While there is a broad spectrum for the level of intensity in behaviours in each individual, those with ASD often struggle with communication, social interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. ASD is 4x more prevalent in males than females and children can be diagnosed at as early as 18 months. Without an assessment and diagnosis made by an appropriate healthcare professional, many children and adults with ASD are unable to receive the funding and support they need to thrive.
Approaches to Therapy Therapuetic Support for Clients
While many have access to support services such as social hubs, Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapists, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapists and funding for required equipment, they are often still faced with several overwhelming obstacles and changes that can place a weight on their mental health. With understanding the stress and anxiety that comes with living with (or living with a loved one with) ASD at a time when resources are limited, our team is able to provide clients with therapeutic support so that they can develop the tools they need to cope with overwhelming emotions and changes, and to face the world with confidence and a positive outlook.
*While we cannot provide an official assessment or diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, members of our team are able to screen for ASD, and may refer clients to an appropriate health care provider.