Psychological Support Services
Many families of those with an autism spectrum diagnosis, and individuals themselves, have times when they need support, information and advice. Spectrum offers psychological support services and psycho-education to help families deal with a variety of issues.
Sessions operate on an hourly basis, and allow the opportunity for family members or individuals with ASC to come to a quiet, confidential, clinic setting to talk about difficulties they are facing. Sessions can also be offered via video-conference. For many, simply being able to voice difficulties to someone who understands ASC can be of immense help.
Examples of the areas families and individuals typically wish to discuss include choice of therapy, educational or intervention services; issues relating to relationships; advice on deeper understanding of the meaning of the diagnosis; vocational issues; associated mental health difficulties; and so-on.
We will provide advice and information to help families understand and cope with the difficulties they face. In some instances Spectrum may be able to offer sessions of direct intervention, for example working with individuals on the Spectrum and their families around difficulties with stress, anger or anxiety. Decisions around guidance, support and interventions will be made on an individual basis in discussion with the person and/or their family, ensuring informed choice.