As a parent of a young adult with autism, you want to the best for your son or daughter. You love your child. And you see their multitude of strengths. In fact, you’ve spent years trying to tell teachers, school administration, friends, family and caregivers about your child’s unique strengths and needs.
But now your neurodiverse child is growing up, and soon they will need to advocate for themselves. And you worry. You aren’t sure how they will transition to adulthood. It’s time for your teenager or young adult to be more independent. They need to learn to handle difficult situations and to take care of themselves. You want them to be able to communicate their unique needs and have a firm understanding of what it means to be autistic, neurodiverse or have Aspergers. You
Are you a parent/caregiver of a young adult (<30 yrs old) who:
- Identifies as Neurodiverse, Asperger’s, Autism, or HFA?
- Are you concerned about your child’s future?
- Are you worried your child is stuck and does not seem to be taking on adult responsibilities?
- Do you hope your child will find a meaningful life path?
- Are you concerned about your child’s motivation and self-advocacy skills?
- Have you worried about your child suffering and being taken advantage of by others?
- Are you wanting your child to develop better conversational and communication skills, and build friendships?
- Are you wanting to figure how to best support your son or daughter in transitioning to different stages of adulthood?
Open Doors Therapy Can Help You & Your Young Adult
If any of what we’ve said above sounds familiar, we are here to help. As autism experts, the mental health professionals at Open Doors Therapy have worked with countless young adults who identify as being on the autism spectrum, having autistic traits or others being neurodiverse. We’ve also worked with their families and caregivers. We work to empower both you and your son or daughter at the same time.
Support & Education for the Neurodiverse Young Adult
The young adult group provides HELPFUL STRATEGIES to help your teen or young adult as they transition into more
independence. The coping, advocacy & social skills we teach young adults will help reduce stress, facilitate the transition to adulthood and taking on adult responsibilities, improve conversational skills, make friends, self-advocate, adapt to change, set and achieve personal goals, increase organization and planning, promote independence, increase safety awareness, improve communication with family, deal with driving or public transportation, and problem-solve.
Furthermore, we carefully choose group participants so they are at a similar stage of life & level of functioning. Therefore, your son or daughter will have more in common with peers in this group than they generally do in other areas of their life. Within the group setting, your son or daughter can practice the social skills they are learning. They will also learn from the experiences of their peers. Your child will feel supported, understood and empowered.
Support & Education for Parents & Caregivers
We know that raising a child with autism or Aspergers is a unique experience. One that many people in your life probably do not understand. Our caregiver support group is led at the same time as the young adult group. Cady provides a non-judgmental and supportive environment for parents of children with Autism. In this group, you’ll learn specific ways you can help their son or daughter in applying the skills from group to real life situations. As you both participate in this program, you’ll be able to help your son or daughter improve the quality of their life. In other words, we equip you to aid your child in their transition to adulthood.
You have been trying so hard to help your child for so many years. As you face this new uncharted territory of parenting an adult with autism, let us help. Through our caregiver support group you too will feel heard and supported. Furthermore, you’ll feel like you finally have the guidance and specific skills you need to support your son or daughter.
New Groups Forming Now
We form new young adult & caregiver groups on a regular basis. Each young adult group consists of up to 8 teens. Meanwhile,there is a separate caregiver group that meets at the same time in a different room. The groups meet weekly for 1.5 hours at our Palo Alto office.
To Be Determined (Based upon participants’ schedules)
$250/Session (includes fee for both you and your child)
Join Our Young Adult & Caregiver Groups in Palo Alto
If you and your neurodiverse son or daughter are ready to begin receiving the support you both need and deserve, call and schedule an intake assessment with Dr. Tasha Oswald. As a mother of a teen or an adult with Asperger’s or Autism, you don’t have to struggle alone. Our Young Adult & Caregiver Groups can support both you and your child. Our autism experts understand neurodiversity. If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, we can help. Contact Open Doors Therapy today and see how our group therapy can help you discover new freedom and experience empowerment!
Reserve your spot in group by scheduling a diagnostic evaluation.
Take the next positive step in your life journey!
Other Mental Health Services & Autism Resources at Open Doors Therapy
Our San Francisco Bay Area mental health clinic focuses on supporting individuals with autistic traits (Asperger’s, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc.) and their families. More specifically, our services include individual counseling, parent counseling and groups. Some of our support and educational groups include those for college students with autistic traits and those seeking college transition social skills training, neurodiverse adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, and a support group for mother’s of children with autism. If you would like more information about any of these our groups or individual counseling services, please contact Open Doors Therapy!
Please join one of our free informational sessions or reach out to Dr. Tasha Oswald