Working with the Autism Spectrum

Our clinic is well known for her work with ASD and has trained health professionals, teachers and parents around the world in her methods. We prioritise the teaching of flexibility to young people to enable them to handle difficult thoughts and feelings as they emerge. She has a particular interest in working with rigid social skills, "giving up" behaviour and emotional outbursts. Jodie and Rachel both have extensive experience and a natural ability to engage with young people with ASD as well as with those who have not been diagnosed, but exhibit features of ASD and could benefit from assistance with the skills listed below.

Children with ASD usually report feeling very comfortable with  in the first session- an essential feature of a young person’s ability to effectively engage in therapy and to benefit from it. We use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist young people to manage overwhelming feelings. We works using a functional approach so that skills taught in sessions can be transferred to the real world.


Sessions focus of developing skills including:

  • Perspective taking

  • Emotion management

  • Reading social cues

  • Perfectionism

  • Giving up

  • Managing meltdowns

  • Diet

  • Reading emotions

  • Handling a different style of learning

  • Using the special interest to advantage

  • Managing inattention

  • Developing social skills