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Starting Autism therapy

What is Autism therapy?

Autism therapy treats the symptoms and needs of those with autism spectrum disorder. The ultimate goal of autism therapy is to improve a child's functioning and support development and learning.

How does Autism therapy work?

Often, multiple therapy types from the providers at Thriveworks in Blacksburg, VA are incorporated into autism therapy. Individual needs might include reducing problematic behaviors, building social skills, improving communication, and addressing emotional challenges.

Is Autism therapy conducted in person or online?

Autism therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Autism therapy last?

Every child is unique and their treatment plan with our Blacksburg therapists will be tailored to their specific needs, meaning the length of therapy for autism can vary. That said, most kids with autism attend autism therapy for two years.

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Autism or Asperger’s – is there a difference?

Since 2013, Asperger’s has been considered to be a type of autism. People exhibiting symptoms of Asperger syndrome are now referred to as “on the autism spectrum,” although many doctors still refer to the condition as AS (Asperger Syndrome), and those with Asperger Syndrome tend to fall on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum.

Asperger’s Disorder has less severe symptoms than “classic” autism; additionally, language delays seen in autism are absent in Asperger’s Disorder. In fact, children with Asperger’s Disorder may be only mildly affected, and often actually have exceptionally good language and cognitive skills.

Further, children with autism usually seem detached and disinterested in others. This is not the case with Asperger’s Disorder. Those with Asperger’s often want to fit in and have interaction with others, they just don’t know how to. They may be socially awkward, have limited eye contact, seem uninterested in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures or sarcasm.

They often become obsessed with a given subject that they’re interested in, even collecting categories of things, such as rocks or bottle caps. They’re often extremely knowledgeable in specific categories of information, such as baseball statistics or Latin names of flowers, etc. They may have good rote memory skills but struggle with abstract concepts.

One of the major differences between Asperger’s Disorder and autism is that, by definition, there is no speech delay in Asperger’s. In fact, children with Asperger’s Disorder frequently have good language skills; but simply use language in different ways. Speech patterns may be unusual, lack inflection or have a rhythmic nature, or may be formal, too loud or high-pitched. Children with Asperger’s Disorder may not understand the subtleties of language, such as irony and humor, or they may not understand the back and forth nature of conversation.

Another distinction between Asperger’s Disorder and autism concerns cognitive ability. While some individuals with autism have intellectual disabilities, someone with Asperger’s rarely have any significant cognitive delay, in fact most show average to above-average intelligence.
Motor skill difficulties are not a specific to Asperger’s, but children with Asperger’s Disorder frequently have motor skill delays, seeming clumsy or awkward.

So what exactly IS Asperger’s Disorder?

  • It is a neurological condition, affecting how information is processed in the brain.
  • It is a hidden disability. Many people with Asperger’s may appear competent, but struggle with communication and social interaction.
  • There is a genetic and hereditary component, possibly even interactive environmental causes
  • Asperger’s is a developmental disability. All individuals have social/emotional delays, but there will be lifelong, ongoing growth.
  • The incidence of Asperger’s is thought to be 1 in 250, with as many as 50% going undiagnosed.
  • Although currently four times as many males as females are diagnosed with Asperger’s, it is thought that the true ratio may be more like one female for every two males.

How does Asperger’s affect the individual?

Although Asperger’s affects each person differently, there is a core set of features that most people have, including:

  • High intelligence and good verbal skills
  • Struggling with the use and understanding of language in social settings
  • Having trouble relating to what others are thinking and feeling
  • Having to be learn social behavior that comes intuitively to most people
  • Lacking the ability to recognize and respond to non-verbal cues (hand movements, facial expressions, tones of voice)
  • Difficulty with organization, initiation, prioritizing skills
  • Obsessing over small details rather than seeing the bigger picture
  • Experiencing obsessions with interests such as movies, geography, history, math, physics, cars, horses, dogs or reptiles, etc. These interests may change frequently, or not at all.
  • Difficulty compromising or seeing gray areas.
  • Feeling different, like an outsider
  • Occasional feelings of anxiety/depression
  • Extreme and debilitating hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to light, noise, touch, taste, or smell. Their surroundings can impact on their ability to function

What are some specific struggles that those with Asperger’s are facing?

  • Eye contact. It can be difficult, even painful, for those with Asperger’s.
  • They may be/feel clumsy, most have poor fine motor skills; BUT some actually excel in individual sports
  • Some with Asperger’s have secondary diagnoses, such as ADD, Borderline, or OCD.
  • They may have genius-level skill in a particular areas such as painting, writing, math, music, history, electronics, or composing.
  • People with Asperger’s may be uncomfortable working in a group setting
  • Children with Asperger’s may have meltdowns lasting from 10 minutes to several hours. The child is not in control of his/her behavior during these meltdowns.
  • Self-esteem can be an issue for individuals with Asperger’s, especially during middle school.
  • Many are extremely good at memorizing facts and information.

Is there a cure or treatment for Asperger’s?

Many people believe that asking whether Aspergers can be cured implies that it is a disease, which it is not. Asperger’s isn’t a defect so much as a difference: i.e., the brain is wired somewhat differently than that of the so-called “neurotypical.” When someone has a math question, or is trying to figure out who sang a certain song on the radio, the Asperger’s person is usually the first one consulted! Can you imagine sitting in a business meeting with facts and figures flying, and having the ability to comprehend it all!? Certainly these neuro-differences can cause problems in a neuro-typical world, but they can also be very beneficial if channeled and directed properly!

Accepting the diagnosis and what it means to you and your loved ones

  • Our skilled, experienced counselor here at Thriveworks Blacksburg can help you or your loved one with Asperger’s learn how and when to talk about it to others
  • Here you’ll find instruction for adults in the area of budgeting and housekeeping and more
  • We’ll help you take a good look at social and physical environments to ensure that these spaces are tolerable for the person with AS
  • We can teach improved social and communication skills
  • Our therapist may be able to assist with setting up routines and preparing for transitions
  • You may even learn how to handle transitions and social events where many unknown people will be in attendance

Call 540-376-3348 today to start working with our Asperger Syndrome specialist at Thriveworks Blacksburg.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Blacksburg therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Blacksburg
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.7 Thriveworks Blacksburg reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
So nice, reassuring, helpful for what I needed. Explained everything very well. I feel I don’t have a bunch of questions I should have asked.
Read more So nice, reassuring, helpful for what I needed. Explained everything very well. I feel I don’t have a bunch of questions I should have asked.
Blacksburg May 2020
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★★★★★
Turns out our councilor in Blacksburg is working out great! This was a good idea. Highly recommend! Kudo's to Kelly.
Read more Turns out our councilor in Blacksburg is working out great! This was a good idea. Highly recommend! Kudo's to Kelly.
Blacksburg Jan 2020
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★★★★★
We have been providing the billing services to Thriveworks Blacksburgs for a good period of time now, we have had excellent professional relationship with all the staff there. They are true professional, always provide us the helping hand. And are very efficient is providing response to any query of questions. It is truly amazing working with them.
Read more We have been providing the billing services to Thriveworks Blacksburgs for a good period of time now, we have had excellent professional relationship with all the staff there. They are true professional, always provide us the helping hand. And are very efficient is providing response to any query of questions. It is truly amazing working with them.
Blacksburg Jun 2019
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★★★★★
When I arrived at the Blacksburg office for counseling I got a peaceful feeling. The paper work was not daunting and my counselor greeted me in a friendly and professional manner.
Read more When I arrived at the Blacksburg office for counseling I got a peaceful feeling. The paper work was not daunting and my counselor greeted me in a friendly and professional manner.
Blacksburg Aug 2018
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★★★★★
I appreciated the location of the Blacksburg office. It's a pleasant place, just off the highway and feels safe. While I waited I was met by pleasant staff and refreshments.
Read more I appreciated the location of the Blacksburg office. It's a pleasant place, just off the highway and feels safe. While I waited I was met by pleasant staff and refreshments.
Blacksburg Aug 2018
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★★★★★
The waiting room was so inviting and the counselor had recognized me that made me feel very comfortable. I was tense from the unknown of therapy and it was so good to be "humanized."
Read more The waiting room was so inviting and the counselor had recognized me that made me feel very comfortable. I was tense from the unknown of therapy and it was so good to be "humanized."
Blacksburg Aug 2018
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★★★★★
I met the Thriveworks owner to inquire about the services offered. She was very helpful with her answers, she was very patient as she gave me her time and focus, and made me feel entirely at "home."
Read more I met the Thriveworks owner to inquire about the services offered. She was very helpful with her answers, she was very patient as she gave me her time and focus, and made me feel entirely at "home."
Blacksburg Apr 2018
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★★★★★
Close to downtown Blacksburg and easy to get a hold of. Just what is needed for this area.
Blacksburg Dec 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

We share a building with several other businesses including Fresenius Kidney Care Montgomery County, the Islamic Center of Blacksburg, and Thermostats Service and Repair Company. Next door to us Robinson, Farmer, and Cox Associates, an account service. Nearby is also a Courtyard by Marriott hotel and Park Commercial Realty.

Phone number

(540) 361-6270

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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