Autism Spectrum Disorders, Computer & Internet Addictions, Bullying & Social Problems
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Autism Spectrum Disorders are typically discovered in childhood or adolescence. The principle feature is impaired social interactions. He or she frequently misses non-verbal cues including eye contact, facial expressions and gestures. This person may not understand the norms of social relationships or conversation, struggling to develop friendships or healthy social interactions. The person may also develop an intense interest in activities that involve amassing information with very little social interaction. A lack of empathy may arise out of these limitations, but with training and therapy, we find that individuals can learn to read cue’s and connect socially. In addition, family therapy provides parents and siblings a new lens through which to view behaviors that in the past seemed baffling. Small group settings in the wilderness are an ideal match to teach and reinforce improved social functioning. Our ASD specific group also participates in adventure activities in order to increase engagement, reinforce social skills trainings, provide activities that require social cooperation, and build a sense of accomplishment. Click here to read our blog by Dr. J Huffine, "How Can Wilderness Therapy Help Teens on The Autism Spectrum?"
Computer and Internet Addictions
Wilderness Therapy set in nature is an obvious antidote to Computer and Internet Addictions. Getting outside, enjoying a hike, building a fire, and sleeping under the stars are all a part of the wilderness environment. Wilderness therapy is a grounding experience for those challenged with the isolation and compulsivity of the addiction to the virtual world. Evoke Therapy Programs creates an opportunity for getting grounded and improving mindfulness, both of which are important factors in treating this issue or any other process addiction.
Wilderness Therapy at Evoke can be a powerful intervention, addressing pornography addiction and other sexual complulsive behaviors. Unplugging from electronic distractions, our outdoor based programming helps clients to heal and develop meaningful connections often destroyed by pornography addiction.
Bullying and Social Problems
Many participants have a history of social anxiety or conflict within their peer group. Many are isolated, bullied or seek to alienate peers due to poor social skills. Through our small group settings, clients and students struggling with peer relationships, have the opportunity to practice and improve communication skills and conflict resolution. Whether the client is a bully or has experienced bullying, the small group living under close staff supervision is an ideal environment to teach skills and address the underlying emotional distress.