At New Patterns, I deliver evidence based and effective interventions to support the social, emotional and behavioural development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Every child is different, in their own unique way and I make sure that treatment aims to celebrate those differences. Treatment for children with ASD is just like my other models of treatment, in that therapy goals are individualised, and treatment is delivered in an age-appropriate, kind and creative manner. After identifying goals for treatment, therapy focuses to help children learn skills to navigate their world in a functional and meaningful way. There is a wide range of skills that we work on in treatment, which includes but is not limited to
- Understanding, identifying and dealing with big emotions (i.e. anger, frustration, disappointment, worry, sadness)
- Understanding and practicing social skills (e.g. turn taking, conversational skills, coping with losing, etc)
- Developing social skills to strengthen friendships and relationships – making/keeping friends and using the social rules to support healthy relationships
- Developing empathy and understanding other’s emotions
- Overcoming troubles in school
- Supporting self-esteem
- Developing skills to decrease anxiety and increase capacity to cope with new situations, change, disruptions to routine, etc.
- Tackling toileting issues
- … and lots more.