Special Needs Therapy

What are Special Needs?

Special Needs TherapyMost of us have heard the term “special needs”, often as describing children, but also adults. There are many different conditions that an adult or child may have in order to fall into the category of “special needs.” Some of these conditions are:

  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Select mutism
  • Behavioral or Neuro-Cognitive Conditions (Developmental Disabilities)

Adults and Children with these conditions have difficulty functioning in ways considered typical. Some may have difficulty reading or comprehending. They may also have difficulty relating to other people in social situations. Some may have behavioral issues.

What I Can Do To Help

I am a psychotherapist who has successfully treated children and adults for 40 years across a wide variety of clinical diagnoses including many with special needs. My philosophy centers on the understanding that emotions, both conscious and unconscious, are often the drivers of all behaviors. If you facilitate the correct expression of emotion, you can bring about balance, self regulation, and develop powerful insights that can change behavior. I believe that when “special needs” people are met with honor, respect, and dignity, they can flourish and usually succeed in life far beyond expectations. The challenge is reaching, communicating, and teaching a person who is special needs. The answer lies in providing a special environment where safety, creativity and acceptance are experienced in a deep and profound way. It is only then that progress can be made. We are all “special”. Please call Ed at 631-493-0933 for a complimentary phone consult.

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Why Children On The Spectrum Need Art Psychotherapy As A Required Service

Children (and anyone else) who have been diagnosed with a PDD / Autism / Asperger’s Disorder, (soon to be formally described as Autism Spectrum Disorder a/k/a “On the Spectrum”, according to the American Psychological Association’s Proposed Revisions for the DSM V) are at risk for being mis- understood and hence not treated with all of the most effective techniques available today…

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Do You Know Someone With Autism or Some Other Developmental (Neuro-Cognitive Condition) Disability?
Do they sometimes have trouble making eye contact or struggle with ordinary conversation?  Do they appear to lack the emotional understanding to relate appropriately to those around them?  Are they quick to anger for no apparent reason?  Have you noticed any self-stimulating behaviors like unusual hand movements, talking to him or her self, body tics, rocking, or gyrations? If your child is suffering from Autism, or some other developmental disability, these kinds of behaviors are very familiar to you.  We know that the neuro-cognitive condition is characterized by an inability to process sensory and emotional information. There can be an intellectual disability present as well.  It can manifest with awkward social interactions and, at times, withdrawal and even isolation.  It can also bring about intense emotions and sometimes unusual gifts of perception. What many people do not understand is that while someone may have a neuro-cognitive condition such as autism, they like anyone else can develop “layers of anxiety or depression”  which is very treatable, if you have the right techniques! It is not uncommon for my patients to experience newfound abilities come forth, when anxiety and depression are relieved…opening the doors to unlimited growth and success.

What I Can Do to Help

People with Autism have the same feelings as everyone else…they are just “trapped” on the inside. My philosophy centers on the understanding that emotions, both conscious and unconscious, are often the drivers of all behaviors.  If you facilitate the correct expression of emotion, you can bring about balance, self regulation, and develop powerful insights that can change behavior. My model of care embraces and supports the unusual perceptions and concurrent behaviors of Autism.  I start by fostering creative expression of the emotions that drive these behaviors in order to build a bridge to the outside world.  From there we model proper social skills and teach appropriate expression that can be understood by the world at large.  The goal is conflict resolution and providing the individual with the tools they need to realize their full potential. Please call me at 631-493-0933 today for a complimentary phone consult. For more information on autism, see autismspeaks.com