When adults have a problem, we tend to talk about it with a few trusted friends or a therapist. We bounce ideas off each other, we brainstorm and process, and we tailor our responses to the situation at hand. For children however, they do not have the language available to them to properly express what they are thinking and feeling. The language available to them is play. With play therapy, children are able to act out their inner experiences and express themselves in a language that is native to them.
If you notice your partner is tense or on edge, is having outbursts and seems to snap easily, or is seeming to be overwhelmed in social gatherings, therapy may be helpful to learn better ways of coping and practicing mindfulness of triggers. Therapy can be helpful in learning about neurodivergence as well and directing a person to resources that could be beneficial for them.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that traits can fall along a continuum that varies from minor impairments to severe. These impairments cause challenges in social relationships, speech and behavior, including nonverbal behavior. Research suggests that about 1 in 44 people is on the spectrum, with more prevalence found in men.
While difficulties range from person to person, your partner on the spectrum may have some of these characteristics:
All brains are wired to connect, your partner on the spectrum just may do so differently. If you could use help with better connecting to your partner and resolving challenges in your relationship, contact our care team today. One of our trained therapists is ready to work with you.