Adult Autism Specialist

Luminous Counseling

Mental Health Counseling located in Huntsville, AL

Autism was once considered a rare condition, but it’s now reported that the neurodevelopmental disorder affects about 1% of the population. Autism spectrum disorder affects your ability to communicate and interact with others, and as a result, it can greatly hinder your work and school life and your closest relationships. The team at Luminous Counseling & Consulting in Huntsville, Alabama can provide you and your loved ones with the skills needed to improve overall well-being and support. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Adult Autism Q & A

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and exhibits repetitive behaviors. It’s grown more prevalent than conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and it’s occurring more frequently in boys than in girls. It’s often diagnosed in childhood.

Although there are many services for children with autism spectrum disorder, there are far fewer resources for adults living with autism. Luminous Counseling & Consulting treats both adolescents and adults with comprehensive psychotherapy programs and provides testing to confirm an autism diagnosis

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Symptoms of autism typically show up in the first two years of a child’s life, and they can include some or all of the following:

  • Having a hard time communicating with other people
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Being upset by slight changes in routine
  • Exhibiting facial expressions or tones of voice that don’t match the social situation
  • Having a prolonged and intense interest in topics that involve numbers or intricate details
  • Talking for a long time about a subject without giving others a chance to respond
  • Not responding when others call their name

What causes autism spectrum disorder?

Genetics is a large factor in autism, as is exposure to disease while the child is still in the womb and exposure to toxins during pregnancy. The older the father is, the more likely the child will have autism, according to research. Very low birth weight is another indicator of autism spectrum disorder.

How is autism spectrum disorder treated?

Joshua Howell, a licensed professional counselor, and the team at Luminous Counseling & Consulting work with you or your child in a kind and compassionate environment to gain the results you want to live a full life. They can provide help for you as an individual, both you and your spouse, or your whole family. Together, you can improve your quality of life with autism spectrum disorder.

Joshua empowers family members with education about autism spectrum disorder and tools needed to positively work with the challenges that accompany the diagnosis. Through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy, Joshua paves the way for you and your loved ones to manage social skills deficits, social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, and social communication disorder that may co-occur with autism spectrum disorder.

Call the Huntsville, Alabama office or make an online appointment to learn more about your options today.