Holistic and integrated approaches
We apply different forms of psychotherapy (such as cognitive behaviour therapy), behavioural interventions, and play therapy.
In therapy we focus on:
Autistic people find it hard to understand, show, and manage their own emotions.
They also have difficulty recognising emotions, and emotional cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language in others.
Moreover, they often find it challenging to respond to other people’s emotions which might seem as if they lack empathy.
We help with learning about emotions, recognising own and others’ emotions, and developing skills in managing and responding to emotions through use of everyday interactions, strategies, games, plays, and talk.
It’s common for autistic people to behave in ways that are difficult to manage.
Examples of such behaviours are refusing/ignore requests, inappropriate behaviours in public, being aggressive and hurting themselves or others.
They behave in challenging ways because they often have trouble understanding what’s happening around them, have difficulty communicating their own wants and needs, and are highly stressed. Their behaviour might also have a specific trigger like change of routine, transition, and sensory overload.
We work with individual and families in:
- understanding behaviours
- identify triggers
- reinforce wanted behaviours and reduce unwanted behaviours
- preparing for situations
- teaching and roll modelling alternative and cooperative behaviour
- encourages positive behaviours and discourages negative ones
- remodeling environment
Social skills are the rules that guide us interact with the world. We learn social skills through experiences and gradually create a social map that helps us maneuver different situations.
For people with autism, it is harder to learn and build up such skills. Therefore, they need help in learning how to act in different situations.
We help learning social skills and practice them by direct and indirect instruction in realistic and everyday settings.
Some autistic individuals have difficulties developing spoken language, understanding and use it. Some are minimally verbal or don’t speak at all (known as nonspeaking autism).
We support individual to learn, develop, build, and practice language skills.