Adults with High-functioning ASD

Adults identified as dealing with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder may find themselves as having ‘aged out’ of supports which were available to them as children, tweens, and teens or as newly diagnosed and having never had access to supports.  Adulthood presents its own emotional and social challenges as individuals navigate transitions from their childhood home to independent living; begin college, university, or a new job; and create/maintain/deepen social relationships; and, dealing with life changes, e.g. job change, marriage, divorce, break-up.  Those living with high-functioning ASD often struggle with feelings of isolation and frustration as well as anxiety and depression.  Mindfulness-based, somatic, and cognitive interventions focused on emotion recognition and regulation and social skills training may be of help.

Therapy may attend to concerns about and issues with:

  • Social interaction in the workplace

  • Social interaction in social or recreational groups

  • Conversation skills

  • Reading social cues

  • Navigating social misunderstandings

  • Social imagination and others-perspective

  • Developing Theory of Mind

  • Understanding Social Rules

  • Understanding various types of and expectations within relationships

  • Social anxiety

  • Sensory difficulties

  • Coping with disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, and distress

  • Boundary setting and honouring

  • Assertive communication and expressive language

  • Realistic goal development

  • Rigid, maladaptive thinking

  • Negative self-assessment

  • Identity

  • Somatic, or body-oriented, symptoms

  • Physiological representation of emotions in the body

  • Self-monitoring