Contact us to join our Fall 2020 waitlist to receive online autism therapy services with Open Doors Therapy
You’re interested in autism therapy, but you can’t go to a counseling office every week.
Learning social skills and coping techniques are two things that are very important to you, and you want to work with a therapist who can really help you.
You want to meet other neurodiverse peers, but there are no social skills groups in your area.
We know that California traffic can be horrific. And, you probably don’t have additional time to drive to autism therapy or a social skills group and sit in traffic for hours. Maybe, you live in a more remote part of California, So there are no local autism services in your area. Open Doors Therapy recognizes that telehealth is a valuable way to reach the California neurodiverse population and their caregivers. Therefore, we are now offering online autism services for high-functioning autistic teens, neurodiverse adults, and autism parents/caregivers.
The Benefits of Online Autism Therapy in California
Online autism therapy is a relatively new concept. However, there is emerging research that shows how effective it can be. In fact, research shows that individuals with ASD find telehealth autism counseling very effective. Although, clients are separated from their therapist. But they are still able to make progress in online therapy.
Online therapy helps clients access autism services from the comfort of their surroundings anywhere in the state of California. Furthermore, online therapy gives clients with ASD greater flexibility in scheduling their appointments. And, it makes it easier for busy autistic teens and adults to keep their appointments. They don’t have to worry about being late or cancellation fees. All you need to access online autism therapy is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an internet connection. You can have a successful counseling session or social skills group meeting from the comfort of your surroundings.
Online Autism Therapy Services Offered by Open Doors Therapy
Online therapy for autism is very similar to the traditional in-person autism therapy that you may be used to. During your online therapy session, you will log on to a secure video platform and talk to your autism therapist. You will learn and practice social skills and coping techniques to better tolerate distress over stimulation. During our sessions, you will also learn how to advocate for yourself and your needs.
Online therapy for Autism Parents and Caregivers:
Our autism therapists offer online appointments for autism parents and caregivers to discuss your child’s unique needs as a high-functioning autistic teen or young adult. As autism experts, we understand the unique challenges you may be facing as you navigate neurodiverse parenting. So, our coaching and consulting appointments are very individualized. Ultimately, our goal is to help you meet your goals for yourself as a parent or for your family as a whole.
Our online autism parent support group was founded to provide parents of neurodiverse teens or young adults a safe online space to discuss their parenting challenges and successes. During this group, we discuss parenting strategies to help you communicate and advocate for your autistic child.
*During the Coronavirus pandemic we are offering this group for free, so we can help parents navigate the challenges that accompany sheltering in place with their autistic child.
Being the mother of an autistic child can be very challenging. We know that your greatest goal is to help your neurodiverse child succeed in life. Therefore we offer an online mothers group where you can meet with other autism moms and talk about what you’re going through as you parent your child and advocate for their needs. We will also discuss communication strategies and tools to help you interact with your child and strengthen your relationship.
Online Group Therapy for Autism
We offer a variety of online groups for teens and adults with autism. Our social skills groups are designed to work on three main components: social skills and communication, coping with stress and anxiety, and self-advocacy.
Currently, we are offering the following Groups Online:
This group is for neurodiverse teens and their caregivers. We meet separately so the teens have their own space to discuss the things that are important to them and learn social skills, while caregivers are given their own space to discuss topics that are relevant to them.
This is a very unique group that allows autistic students who are transitioning to college in the fall the opportunity to learn valuable skills. The goal is to improve their success as they adjust to college life and academics.
This group is designed to meet the needs of neurodiverse college students as they deal with the demands of their college education and navigate the social scene on campus.
The young adults group is for high-functioning autistic adults. This group was designed for individuals who are beginning their independent lives.
The working professionals’ group was created to meet the unique needs of high-functioning autistic adults. This group helps them as they navigate workplace dynamics (either at their office or online).
This group discusses the needs many neurodiverse women face at school, at work, or in their personal lives.
Details About Online Autism Therapy in California
Our Online Individual Therapy Services range in cost and length of time for each client we see. These are available throughout the state of California, no matter where you live! For more information contact our office.
Our Online College Group, Young Adults Group, Working Professionals Group, Gifted Teens and Caregivers Group, and Women’s Group all run from August- December (fall term) and January- May (spring term). You can choose to join us for either the fall or the spring term, or you can join us for both!
Our Online Summer College Transition Group lasts for 5 weeks beginning in June.
Online College Group, Young Adults Group, Working Professionals Group, and Women’s Group: $150 per session
Gifted Teen with Autism and Caregiver Group: $250 for both participants per session
Our Online Summer College Transition Group costs $2000.
Our Online Autism Parent Group is free during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
For more information about the cost of the groups and insurance please visit our fees and insurance page.
Frequently Asked Questions About Online Autism Therapy:
Can you meet with me if I live outside California?
No, as therapists, we are only licensed to see clients who live in the state of California.
Can you effectively learn and practice social skills online?
Yes, although it is a bit different! We are proud to report that our clients have made progress in learning and using social skills after meeting with us online. In fact, it can be easier to read facial cues and body language on the computer because you have a closer view of the other person’s face.
Do I need to have specific software to participate in online autism therapy?
No. We use a more secure form of Zoom for group therapy This platform is HIPPA compliant. So, your privacy is protected. Prior to meeting with your therapist or your group, you will be emailed a link to your therapy session. All you need to do is log in. Then, you’ll be ready for therapy!
Are you able to form intimate connections with your clients and/or group participants online?
Absolutely! Making connections with your peers is still possible on a virtual platform. meeting on a virtual platform. In fact, sometimes, we are able to gain even more insight into our client’s lives because we are able to meet with them from the comfort of their homes. This allows them to share aspects of their life with us that they would otherwise be unable to. For example, many participants find great comfort from their relationships with their pets. We are able to meet their furry friends when we have online sessions or group meetings.
How do I know what online autism therapy service is right for me?
Not sure if you should do individual therapy or group therapy? Not sure what group you would fit into? That’s okay. We’re here to help! Schedule your free 30-minute consultation call. During your call, we will discuss all the therapy options and determine what is best for you!
Begin Online Autism Therapy in California:
If you live in California and are looking for online autism therapy, we can help. Open Doors Therapy is proud to offer a wide variety of autism services online for high functioning autistic teens, neurodiverse adults, and autism parents. To begin online autism therapy in California, please follow these steps:
- Reach out to our autism therapy clinic using this contact form to schedule a free phone consultation,
- Meet with us for a 1-hour online intake meeting with an autism specialist. This will give us the opportunity to determine what services will be the best fit for you.
- Begin online autism therapy services and feel empowered as a neurodiverse teen, young adult, or parent!
Other Autism Services at Open Doors Therapy
Our Bay Area autism therapy clinic and online autism therapy practice serves teens and adults with autistic traits and their families. We help individuals who identify as having Asperger’s, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc. Please visit our Autism Resources page for more information and updated resources for the Palo Alto, CA area.
Currently, in the wake of COVID-19, we are offering all our autism services online. These services include individual therapy, parent counseling, and group therapy. We also offer social skills groups for college students with autistic traits, young adults with autism, neurodiverse adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, and a mother’s group, and an online parent support group. Also, Dr. Tasha Oswald, the founder of Open Doors Therapy, writes bi-weekly blog posts to share autism information and resources. Please reach out to Open Doors Therapy to learn more about our online autism therapy options.