What is Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

ASD is a condition causing a person is able to have problems with social interaction and communication. In addition to challenges socializing and communicating, individuals with ASD have repetitive, and/or restricted behaviors and/or interests. Most people notice the symptoms and behaviors of ASD begin to interfere with daily life early on in life (before age 2) however sometimes this disorder goes on undiagnosed for years. ASD includes a wide spectrum of functioning, symptoms and behaviors ranging from mild to severe impairments. Mild types of ASD may include problems with social interaction, feeling “awkward” with others and challenges in establishing healthy and rewarding relationships (both friendships and romantic relationships). More severe ASD can cause a person to have difficulty speaking to others and understanding any type of social interaction.

How do I know if my loved one or I have ASD?

If you suspect that you or your child may have ASD there are diagnostic assessment tools conducted by our psychologist that can determine your diagnosis. Meeting with one of our clinicians is a first step to understanding your diagnosis.

How can therapy help?

Therapy can be very helpful for those with ASD and their families. Learning behavioral modification techniques, as well as communication and social skills can help to alleviate the impairments caused by ASD. Additionally, family therapy can be helpful in fostering better communication, strategies for daily living and building rewarding relationships between all family members. Lastly, those with ASD may suffer from other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, relational problems and more. These co-occurring mental health problems are highly treatable with therapy.

Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW just made it across the monkey bars.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The article below featured in The Atlantic revisits the benefits of play as an important part of a child’s development; assisting in areas of memory, cognition, social skills, and maybe even mental health. Although we understand that play does pay, it appears that children are playing less than years before and it could be related to our cultural fixation that our kiddos get into Stanford. Take the math book out of Juliana’s hand for a moment and let her know the top of the jungle gym has just suddenly transformed into the mast of her pirate ship.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/08/playtime-may-boost-kids-mental-health/568186/

 

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW is getting his steps.

Most of us want to increase our physical activity. Some of us are equipped to do super lunges while shoulder pressing a Buick Skylark over our heads but for those of us that prefer less vigorous activity, walking works just fine. Below is a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic that features the benefits of walking as well as some strategies to make those walks more effective.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW would like to help to meet you in the resilient zone

We’ve all been stressed and anxious (high zone), other times we are detached and numb (low zone). The Community Resiliency Model™ refers to the middle area between those highs and lows as the “Resilient Zone.” The “Resilient Zone” is the middle place where we experience calmness but we are able to be alert and attune to the world around us. Below is an image featuring 10 strategies that you could use if you begin to experience the high or low zones and you’d like to get back to the “Resilient Zone.”

 

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW practices gratitude…most of the time…okay, sometimes.

We’ve probably all heard a coworker, friend, or family member attribute their new found peace to the practice of gratitude. Maybe at times we are even able to do it ourselves. The article below shares the benefits associated with the principle of gratitude.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201511/the-healing-power-gratitude

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW reminds you to slack your way to the top.

How much time at our jobs are we really working? Maybe you spent two hours answering time sensitive emails but then spent one hour in a rousing argument with your cubicle-mate about which is the best Police Academy movie (By far it’s Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol). Maybe you shouldn’t feel guilty about that one hour Police Academy debate because it could promote alertness, creativity, and productivity. Check out the link below and read about the benefits of “active rest.”

https://www.wired.com/story/why-you-should-slack-off-to-get-some-work-done/

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW reminds you that health is wealth.

Since stress is inevitable we might as well do something with it. The video below explains.

 

Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW reminds you that you are still standing.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW has to mindfully practice gratitude.

“Mom and Dad were so much tougher on me.” We’ve heard this before or maybe we even said it. Is it true? Maybe, but probably not. The link below is a Freakonomics Radio podcast featuring psychologists Thomas Gilovich and Shai Davidai. They discuss our general tendency to think that we have it harder than others; our bias to focus on our barriers rather than our advantages. Take a listen.

Why Is My Life So Hard?

 

Andrew Warren, ASW, Psychotherapist at Recovery NOW understands that we all need to slow down.

Our sympathetic nervous system activates our “fight or flight” response in stressful situations; it can be activated by day-to-day stress. Think of it as putting your foot on the gas. Now, think of our parasympathetic nervous system as the brake. The article linked below provides tips on how we can press the brake, especially if our foot has been on the gas for too long and too often.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress

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