The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. And, the state of California has been told to shelter in place throughout April during the COVID-19 crisis. So, I have decided to dedicate my April Blog Series to helping people with autism and their loved ones not only survive but thrive while they are home.
While they shelter in place, many people with autism may have less stress and anxiety
Less Social Anxiety
Less Social Pressure
Less Sensory Overload
More Time to Enjoy Activities
Engaging in activities that bring you joy and are rewarding, can reduce stress hormones in your body, like cortisol. At the same time, it can increase a variety of “feel-good” hormones, like dopamine and serotonin. This can improve your overall immune function, and help protect you against the Coronavirus.
Less Stress: Immune Benefits and Social Benefits
Stay Tuned for More Autism Tips While You Shelter in Place During the COVID-19 Crisis
Timely Resources to Help You in the Coming Days: Free Autism Newsletter
Visit Our Autism Resource Page
Consider Joining our Online Autism Parent Support Group
Online Therapy Groups Offered at Open Doors Therapy
Our Online Therapy Groups Include:
The Gifted Teen with Autism and Caregiver Group:
Young Adults Group:
Working Professionals Group:
If you’re unsure which group would be a good fit for you, please contact our autism therapy clinic.
Join an Autism Social Skills Group for Neurodiverse Adults in Palo Alto, CA:
We understand that the COVID-19 health crisis is a scary and challenging time for our country, especially if you’re living with ASD. Open Doors Therapy is here to support you or your loved one. To begin online group therapy in California, please follow these three steps:
- Schedule a free 30-minute consultation appointment. During this video call, we will help you to find a group that will best meet your unique needs during COVID-19.
- Like me on Facebook. This will help you stay up-to-date on Open Doors Therapy and our autism therapy services.
- Sign up to receive my newsletter. This contains useful information regarding living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Other Services for the Neurodiverse at Open Doors Therapy:
Our South Bay Area autism therapy clinic serves high-functioning adults and teens with autism. This includes high functioning individuals who identify as having Aspergers, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc. and their families.
Our counseling clinic offers a variety of autism counseling services including individual counseling for autistic teens and adults, parent counseling, and group therapy. Also, our we are offering several different social skills groups online for neurodiverse working professionals, college students with autistic traits, gifted youth & caregivers, autistic adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, a summer social skills college transition training program for youth transitioning to college, teens & caregivers, a mothers group, and an online parent support group. Please call or email our South Bay Area counseling office for more information on how we can best serve you.
About the Author:
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. And, she is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private practice specializing in autism therapy services in the South Bay Area, near San Francisco, CA. Dr. Oswald specializes in helping neurodiverse teens and adults and facilitating social skills groups.