“Autism isn’t an illness. It’s a different way of being human. […] they are progressing through developmental stages as we all do. To help them, we don’t need to change them or fix them. We need to work to understand them…”
At Mindsight Therapies, we strive to use a neurodiversity-affirming approach to therapy & intervention to meet the unique needs of each individual.
We offer group and individual therapy services & intervention specific to social emotional learning for neurodivergent tweens, teens and adults. We also offer support and consultation for families, schools, and other professionals. All new clients start with an initial consultation from which a treatment plan is built.
For new clients, therapy will begin with an initial consultation with the client and caretaker where we dynamically assess the client’s current strengths, weaknesses, challenges they may be having, language and learning abilities. We believe assessment for social emotional learning cannot be completed using formal testing. Gathering information from real-time and real-life situations provides meaningful insight into an individual’s social communication, emotional regulation, and challenges. This information is then used to determine whether individual or group therapy will be more beneficial. For us, there is no “one size fits all” therapy when it comes to social learning, emotional regulation, and/or communication.
After the initial consultation, we’ll create a custom plan that includes activities, videos, games, role-play, and more to help you better understand your social world and emotions. We use a strengths-based approach in our therapy, which focuses on functional communication, self-advocacy, and making connections so our clients understand how to take the skills they learn in therapy out into the real world and at home.
In group therapy, clients are able to learn in relation with others. Here clients are placed in groups according to their level of social functioning, language abilities, and ability to learn new information. This way all individuals can participate and benefit from the discussions and interventions. We also will join groups together occasionally so groups can learn from each other.
Individual therapy is helpful and sometimes necessary to dynamically assess a person and determine what is causing challenges with social situations. Individual therapy may also be helpful for a client who has significant social anxiety or anxiety in general. Working 1:1 often helps a client feel more comfortable and safe to delve into emotions and find ways to express with others.
Social emotional learning is a team effort. This includes families, educators, and other professionals. Our goal is to collaborate and consult with families and other professionals to help our clients make lasting social connections.
We are a cash-pay provider and do not currently accept insurance. You may be able to get speech therapy reimbursed by your insurance company for evaluations and/or therapy by submitting invoices directly to them for out-of-network coverage. Families wanting to use health insurance are advised to call their insurance company to check if speech therapy is covered prior to scheduling an evaluation or therapy. Here are questions to ask your insurance company: