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Defining Self-Care

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What is self-care? Self-care is a term used to describe a way to take care of yourself. This could be physically, mentally, socially, or spiritually. As we care for ourselves and care for others, we take on a lot of stress and give a lot of ourselves, at times this can leave us feeling depleted. Self-care is different for everyone and might change week to week. So what are some simple and easy ways to practice self care?

  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Coffee with a friend
  • Read a book
  • Finding 10 minutes of alone time
  • Listening to music
  • Treating yourself to a yummy dessert
  • Asking for help (around the house, car pool, etc)
  • Talking to a counselor
  • Attending a community event
  • Finding a support group
  • Finding something that makes you laugh 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our counseling services, contact us here.

How Counseling Can Benefit You

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We’ve talked in the past about the evaluation and treatment process, however, we have not touched on the stress parents feel each and every day. Balancing schedules, working through behaviors, and making tough decisions can make some days hard. ADS can help. We not only provide diagnostic evaluations, but also counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

Counseling, like most things, is not a one size fits all. People attend counseling for many different reasons. They might have specific goals, or they might just need someone to talk to and process all of the changes and stress happening in their life. Counseling can: increase self-esteem, reduce stress, improve healthy interactions with others, increase happiness, and many others. It is a safe and confidential place for you to go and find peace.

Counseling appointments can be scheduled weekly, monthly, as needed, or any way you and your therapist decide is appropriate. Counseling is one way to practice self-care (a term we will touch on in our up and coming posts). A way to show yourself the love and grace you deserve. If you have any questions, please contact us here.

Early Intervention: Autism Diagnosis at an Early Age

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A common question is why should I get my child diagnosed? Starting the process can feel intimidating for many reasons. First, there is still a stigma behind the diagnosis; while we’ve come a long way some communities do not have a positive view of mental health and the disorders that go with it. Second, there is a fear of being labeled….. permanently. Questions like, what will this look like in school, college or future jobs may arise.Autism Diagnosis

There isn’t one answer for these questions. Just like ASD looks different for every individual, what is done with the diagnosis looks different for everyone. Some embrace it as part of their identity, while others use it privately as descriptive words to better understand themselves.

So why might a clinician recommend testing? First, just because an assessment is given does not mean a diagnosis is given. ASD evaluations provide a lot of information regarding development, social skills, behaviors, and language; this provides your doctor or clinician with another piece of the puzzle so they can help you to the best of their abilities.

Second, it allows for early intervention. Without some sort of assessment or diagnosis, starting therapeutic intervention isn’t possible. Whether you are a child or an adult, it is vital to know where the presenting concerns stem from in order to get appropriate help (outside therapy or school support such as an IEP).

Third, it simply answers many questions and you can take your time with it. You as either a parent or a client have the right to do with the information what you feel is appropriate or are comfortable with.

If you are unsure whether an assessment is appropriate or have questions or concerns regarding the evaluation process call us for more information and support at 248-817-7125 or CLICK HERE to schedule a free consultation. 

 

Why Are There More Autism Diagnoses?

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Autism diagnosisA question heard often is why is the ASD diagnosis increasing? Some think it is over diagnosed. While misdiagnosis can occur, the main reason for the increase is due to better awareness and knowledge behind the diagnosis. Now that ASD includes PDD-NOS (Persuasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified) and Asperger’s disorder, it is clear the diagnosis reaches a variety of individuals who may have slipped through the cracks before.

Our schools, medical professionals, and other professionals throughout the community have more information than ever to help spot what can be very subtle symptoms. They are better equipped to see where the behavior problems or social difficulties actually stem from.

This raised awareness and increase of diagnoses, has provided many families with the opportunity to take early intervention measures. Research has shown that early intervention for children with autism and other developmental disorders, can have a significantly positive impact on their overall development.

If you have concerns about your child’s behavior or feel like ASD might explain some of your own challenges, you can talk to your primary care physician or seek out local mental health services.

Not sure where to go? Start here and we can guide you through the process.

Speak with a clinician.

Schedule a free consultation.

 

Autism: The Umbrella Diagnosis

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Autism: The Umbrella Diagnosis

April is Autism Awareness Month, and as we continue to grow in our awareness this month it’s important to understand what autism is, why it’s a growing diagnosis, how to support each other, and the stigma that still lingers.

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