Anxiety is a common feeling for both children and adults. In many cases it is "normal" and you seem to find a way to soothe your anxiety, in some cases though it can interfere with daily functioning.
This type of anxiety is often easily (yes easily!) treated by psychotherapeutical techniques involving cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and emotional support.
Let us help you evaluate the level of your anxiety (or that of your child), look at the causes and find solutions that make sense for you.
Here is a partial list of some of the anxiety conditions that we help:
Phobias such as fear of flying and agoraphobia
Fear of public speaking and Social Phobia
Fear of medical/dental procedures
Unknown source fear
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Treatments are customized to each individual and may include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - finding connections between thoughts and feelings
Guided imagery and guided meditation
Exposure treatments designed to bring on desensitization
Looking at your past to inform your future
ASD and Asperger’s Disorder are two terms for autism spectrum disorders that are characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical lack of coordination and atypical use of language are frequently reported.
"Some researchers and people with Asperger's have advocated a shift in attitudes toward the view that it is a difference, rather than a disability that must be treated or cured."
Asperger’s syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills and demonstrated limited empathy with their peers. Fifty years later, it was standardized as a diagnosis, but many questions remain about aspects of the disorder. For example, there is doubt about whether it is distinct from high-functioning autism (HFA); partly because of this, its prevalence is not firmly established. It has been proposed that the diagnosis of Asperger's be eliminated, to be replaced by a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on a severity scale.
The exact cause is unknown and brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology. There is no single treatment, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of management is cognitive behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills and obsessive or repetitive routines. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist.
How we can help...
We work with children and adults in age appropriate social skills education groups and individualized social skills education, in a fun way that promotes learning and retention. All of the skills taught are relevant to everyday life, such as how to make friends, how to increase empathy for others and how to act in social situations of all sorts. Please call or e-mail for more specific intervention information or to talk about your individual needs.