I remember when I was in graduate school, I observed that many of my autistic research participants did not have heterosexual orientations. So, I became very interested in the intersection of being on the autism spectrum and LGBTQ. In fact, I even considered doing research in this area. That was about 15 years ago.
My blog is all about neurodiversity. I have written many blog series on different aspects of neurodiversity, such as social skills in the workplace, women with autism, and navigating college on the spectrum. You're welcome to visit my list of blog series to find the blog series that interest you most.
You’re a working professional with autism. You enjoy your career but sometimes work and office relationships can be challenging for you. This causes miscommunications that may lead to anxiety, depression, poor self-confidence, and burnout.
Your struggles are valid. Navigating complex social dynamics and stimulation in your workplace is overwhelming and exhausting.
As an autism therapist, I have been asked by clients and other professionals to describe my approach to autism therapy. Throughout my career, I have researched many different therapeutic approaches to determine what would be best for the neurodivergent clients I serve. I have found Internal Family Systems or IFS to be a powerfully effective way to help clients manage anxiety, and improve mood, self-esteem, and interpersonal communication, and treat trauma.…
Many if not most teens and adults with high-functioning autism report feeling anxious. This often stems from being chronically misunderstood by neurotypicals. The pressure to conform and “fit in” causes many of our neurodiverse clients extreme stress. Today, I want to take a moment to discuss social anxiety and the toll it takes on individuals with autism.…
Welcome back to our blog series on autism and trauma.
We’ve discussed how autistic individuals may experience trauma from feeling forced to hide (“mask”) who they are in order to fit in. Also, we’ve discussed the major role bullying plays in causing trauma. Today, I would like to talk about sensory sensitivities and how gaslighting and invalidating an autistic individual’s experiences may cause them to feel traumatized.…
Welcome back to our blog series on autism and trauma. Today we will discuss bullying. This is a very important and emotionally charged topic for many of our clients at Open Doors Therapy. Many if not most individuals on the autism spectrum have experienced or are still experiencing bullying, even as adults. …
Today, we begin our series on autism and trauma. After talking with my neurodiverse clients and fellow therapists, who happen to be experts in trauma, I felt it was necessary to write about autism and trauma. Today, I will talk about trauma and masking.
There is a strong correlation between autism and trauma.…
By: Leslie Delcid LMFT
As an autism therapist, I get asked how working with neurodiverse clients has changed my world view? To answer this question, I first would like to share with you the career I have had working with neurodiverse youth, teens, and adults.
My Introduction to Working with Teens with Autism
Written by Erica Lee
Parenting is hard. But, for autism parents, it can be even harder to know what to say, how to connect, what helps them, and what doesn’t. You want the best for your twice-exceptional teen, but somedays you seem to argue with them more than you help them.
The pandemic has thrown us all for a loop. But, if you’re neurodiverse, this new normal may have caused you stress and anxiety. Zoom calls and virtual learning are the new normal when it comes to academics, group meetings, social engagements, and even job interviews! Managing anxiety for in-person requires one set of learned skills but managing anxiety during a virtual meeting can require a completely different approach.