AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
NU Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that impacts an individuals functioning in various ways. In order to have met criteria for a diagnosis, an individual will have challenges in social functioning, sensory processing, and restrictive or repetitive thoughts or behaviours. The presentation of Autism is varied as all individuals are unique.. Some individuals with ASD appear to be more aloof and avoidant, where as others may be very social, though struggle with understanding social cues. NU Psychology supports individuals with such difficulties and challenges across all domains of functioning.
Discovering how an individual is uniquely impacted is a first step in creating a treatment plan for an individual with ASD. We support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder from a strength-based model. We examine an individuals strengths, goals, challenges, and learning style to support growth and wellness. We provide support from a wholistic model and support individuals who are impacted by sensory challenges, perspective taking, and social reciprocity.
How Does NU Psychology support Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that expresses itself through various symptoms and observable behaviours. Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be intimidating, however, having a tailored plan that is unique to an individuals learning strengths and challenges is key. The severity of issues varies with each individual who receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Typically, individuals have difficulties with flexibility, social communication, and sensory challenges.
If you suspect you may have Autism Spectrum Disorder or that your child or teen may be impacted by such, a Psychologist who specializes in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder can help. The research changes daily, so it is important to have dedicated professionals who can help you or your child reach their full potential. Autism is not a one size fit’s all diagnosis. Although there are similar threads, all individuals express the challenges of ASD differently
NU Psychology takes a collaborative approach to support individuals who are impacted by ASD. We look at areas of impact then build upon areas of challenge, using strengths and interests. Our goal is to support individuals meet their goals!
NU Psychology is located in Calgary, Alberta. We offer specialized assessment and treatment for areas of challenge related to Autism Spectrum Disorder using a strength-based approach. This tailored approach supports the overall growth of an individual.
WHAT CAUSES AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER?
The exact cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is unknown, however research indicates that a variety of genetic and environmental factors are involved. ASD does appear to have a familial link. For example, if an individual is diagnosed with Autism, there is a higher chance that a sibling or family member will have it as well. Twin studies also lend much support to the heritability of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Environmental factors may play a role, though a direct causal link has not been established. Research indicates that certain environmental factors may contribute to or increase the symptoms of Autism but do not directly cause it. ASD is a Neurodevelopmental disorder, that causes individuals to experience differences with several important areas of functioning. We often speak of the deficits or challenges that an individual with Autism faces. While challenges do exist, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder also have special talents, gifts, and a unique way of learning. Fostering such gifts and abilities allows for individuals to build self-esteem and gain opportunities for growth. Strength-based therapy is key for an individual with social or learning differences to thrive. NU Psychology specializes in both the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.