Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are typically discovered in childhood or adolescence. The primary feature is impaired social interactions. He or she frequently misses non-verbal cues including eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures.
The person may not understand the norms of social relationships or conversation, struggling to develop friendships or healthy social interactions. This 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 lensRel 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 training, provide activities that require social cooperation and build a sense of accomplishment.