If you are the parent or loved one of a neurodiverse child, you’ve no doubt experienced some difficulties when it comes to raising, understanding, and empathizing or interacting with that child. After all, our society’s acceptance of “neurodiversity” is still relatively new, and it can feel challenging to navigate the waters when you’re used to individuals who exhibit neurotypical behaviors.
Supporting neurodiversity in younger people can feel challenging, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Here at Thrive Counseling Center, we choose to celebrate neurodiverse kids and teens in Federal Way—and we believe that counseling can help youth who feel lost or out of place to find their way more comfortably.
Various Types of Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity, which views “atypical” brain differences as normal rather than as a disability or deficit, is a concept designed to reduce harmful or stigmatized viewpoints surrounding diagnoses such as:
- Learning disabilities
- Asperger syndrome
- ADD and ADHD
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Tourette syndrome
No matter what your child’s struggles or differences are, we believe they are an integral part of your child’s identity and not something to be “cured” or “dealt with.” Instead, we view their neurodiversity as normal and understand the potential it has to be beneficial to their learning and development.
How Counseling Can Help
Our trained counselors specialize in supporting neurodiverse kids and teens in Federal Way. If your child appears to be having a hard time managing their brain differences or feels isolated from their peers, working with a licensed professional counselor can help them regulate emotions in a healthier, more successful way.
During counseling, we can help your child:
- Learn how to develop healthy friendships and relationships with others.
- Feel more confident in school.
- Develop effective coping and de-escalation strategies when things don’t go as planned.
- Improve their organizational and planning skills.
- Prepare to one day live independently and successfully.
Schedule a Neurodiversity Counseling Consultation at Our Federal Way Office
If you would like to speak with a professional counselor about ways we can help support your child’s neurodiversity, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Thrive Counseling Center. Give us a call today at (206) 567-7267 to learn more!