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SENIORS & AUTISM

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UNDERSTANDING AUTISM IN SENIORS

We specialize in providing compassionate therapy services for individuals with neurodiverse conditions, including autism.


Our experienced therapists are dedicated to supporting seniors who are on the autism spectrum, acknowledging the unique challenges they may face. In this section, we will explore the symptoms of autism in seniors, how it can impact their relationships, and how psychotherapy can be a valuable resource.

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SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM IN SENIORS

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that manifests differently in individuals. While it is commonly associated with childhood, autism can persist throughout a person's life, including their senior years. In seniors, autism symptoms may become more pronounced due to age-related changes and additional stressors.

 

IMPACT OF AUTISM ON SENIORS IN RELATIONSHIPS

Seniors with autism may face additional complexities within their long-standing relationships. The unique challenges that autism presents can impact both the autistic individual and their partner. These challenges may include:

1. Communication barriers and misinterpretation of intentions.

2. Difficulty understanding and reciprocating…

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​HOW PSYCHOTHERAPY CAN HELP AUTISTIC SENIORS

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, can provide invaluable support for autistic seniors, helping them navigate the complexities of their condition and improve their overall well-being. Here are ten specific ways that psychotherapy can benefit seniors on the autism spectrum:

1. Developing…

​SOURCES

1. Autism Society. (n.d.). What is Autism? Retrieved from [source](https://www.autism-society.org/what-is/).2. National Autistic Society. (n.d.). Autism in older adults. Retrieved from [source](https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/adults/autism-in-older-adults).3. Autism Speaks. (n.d.). Adults with Autism. Retrieved from [source](https://www.autismspeaks.org/adults-autism).4. Hurlbutt, K., & Chalmers, L. (2004). Adults with autism speak out: perceptions of their life experiences. Focus on Autism…

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