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What Does it Mean to be Autistic?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental difference that pertains to a person’s perceptions of and interactions with their world. Since autism exists on a spectrum, there is a wide range of particular needs in this population. It’s typically considered to be diagnosed in young children, around the age of three, however autism can be diagnosed at any age, and oftentimes adults are also diagnosed with Autism.

High Functioning Autism and Gifted Child

Unique Strengths and Challenges 

While each autistic person is a unique individual with their own set of characteristics, there is a cluster of traits that many on the autistic spectrum can relate to. Austistic people may have a difficult time socializing, experience sensitivity to touch, light or sound, get fixated on certain activities or have a really hard time when their routines are changed.

Strengths of Autism

At TheraThrive, we support, accept and understand neurodiversity. We will help you to increase self-acceptance and self-understanding (or understanding of your child). We will also assist you to discover your strengths, and to learn ways to effectively manage the challenges associated with being on the Autistic spectrum.

Common Characteristics of Autism

  • Social reciprocity differences (for example, knowing when or how to join a conversation)
  • Sometimes a more fleeting eye contact
  • Repetitive patterns of behaviors
  • Restricted, intense, fixated interests
  • Possible self-injurious behaviors
  • Inflexibility and persistence on sameness (deep perseveration)
  • Emotional regulation overwhelm, outbursts 
  • Discomfort in social situations
  • Hyper and/or hypo activity to sensory input


We are experienced at assessing for Autism, and assess people age 5 – adult (any age adult).

We understand that assessment can be complex, especially when there is complex trauma or when more than one neurodivergent type is combined. We have heard from families and individuals that they feel immensely relieved after learning about their diagnosis, especially if it had formerly been missed, because it makes sense of their particular challenges, explains traits, and provides a chance for community building.

We Can Help

We value connection as well as transparency, and utilize an integrative approach. We have insight into the intensity and sensitivity often found in neuroatypical populations. We want to help you to gain self-understanding, acceptance, find your strengths and amazingness, while also learning skills of emotional regulation to feel better, get along better, and to reduce behaviors that do not work for you. We also believe in the need for connection, and will support you to develop positive and effective communication and social skills.

With autism, we help you to understand your emotions, helpful stimming, and to identify and manage feelings. We also support you to gain helpful coping skills in order to reduce the impact of emotional escalation.

We have found it beneficial to establish clear goals and to personalize each treatment plan, such that your specific and unique needs and challenges will be addressed. We will also support you in co-occurring concerns, such as depression, anxiety, or an overall sense of feeling misunderstood.

We come from a place of warmth and understanding, and we will work along side you, to support and guide you as you navigate the social world, working to build up your social support and coming to realize your contribution and value in social connection.

We Support Families

We also work with family members, to help you successfully learn ways to support your autistic family member.

  • We can help you understand the neuroatypical differences
  • Introduce you to communication tools
  • Provide you with guidance when living with a person of neurodiversity
Girl with High Functioning Autism (Asperger's)

We work with parents, siblings, or other relatives, and with each specific relationship, individually and/or in family therapy. We understand the intensity in your household, and can empathize with feelings that come up, including sadness, frustration, or worry. These are normal feelings.

We Work Collaboratively

We collaborate with other professionals, so that your work is truly well-supported. If you are autistic, we will provide you a multitude of referrals for additional support, such as accommodation recommendations, media resources, social skills support, occupational therapy if that would be helpful, and so forth. We value your growth, and want the best for you, and we gladly collaborate with other professionals in order to best support you on your journey.