Autism

Play therapists and the terminology of autism
Autism | Play Therapy

Play therapists and the terminology of autism

When discussing autism, terminology is significant, and much has been discussed about the use of identity vs person first language when referencing autism. An example of identity first language would be “autistic child” or autistic individuals.” An example of person first language would be “child with autism” or “individuals with autism.” A basic inquiry in…

AutPlay® Therapy and the Virtual Sandtray App (VSA)
Autism | Mental Health | Play Therapy

AutPlay® Therapy and the Virtual Sandtray App (VSA)

Research supports that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often drawn to technology more so than their neurotypical peers (Goldsmith & LeBlanc, 2004), and incorporating technology-based interventions (especially those that have shown promise in addressing ASD issues), becomes a logical treatment process. The increasing popularity, affordability, accessibility, and availability of technology devices have influenced…

ASD and Bullying
Autism | Education | Mental Health

ASD and Bullying

It was a Wednesday afternoon and John, a 14-year-old with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was coming in for his third counseling session. He had shared little during his last two sessions and mostly sat and stared around my office. John and I had been working on rapport and by his third session, he had begun…

A Deficit in Autism Services
Autism | Mental Health

A Deficit in Autism Services

Autism awareness month is coming to an end for 2020. Most of my days of the year are spent working with children, adolescents, adults and their families who are affected by autism spectrum disorder. I facilitate several trainings each year related to autism, participate in resource fairs, attend meetings, participate on boards and in groups…