Autism (which embraces Aspergers Syndrome and ASD) occurs in 1 out of 88 of the population. However, if you are a counsellor seeing individual clients, about 1 in 10 of your clients will be affected by this Neurological difference of the brain. I don't like the term "disorder", which I think is demeaning to Autistic people and not an appropriate description for some of the greatest geniuses in humanity has ever produced. In my work with couples, I often find that 40% of my clients are affected.
This presentation will give you an insight into typical Autistic traits. The descriptions of these traits are often applied by others, living or working with Autistic people. Some Autistic people will even describe themselves in this language because they have been told so often. "People say that I don't listen, am too controlling, and see things in black & whites".
Autistic people often have difficulty in social interactions, that they might call "small talk" which they may struggle to understand or are simply not interested in them.
This interview focuses on deepening counsellors understanding of working with Autistic clients and has a liberal sprinkling of "dos and don't". I also consider how male and female present differently. There is a myth that there are far more male than female Autistic people. You may think that you have not seen any autistic clients, but that would be very surprising if that is the case since this neurological condition is common in the counselling room.