Until I mentioned the word "autism."
"I have no expertise in the area," I heard. And "I've never worked with a client diagnosed with autism" was a common answer. Pretty soon, I ran out of people to call.
It was with that child in mind that I eagerly accepted an invitation by Dr. Violette Eash to speak about autism spectrum disorders at the Fall Conference of the West Virginia Counselors Association.
Made up of licensed mental health counselors and graduate students from Marshall University's Counseling program, attendees listened to a discussion titled: Asperger's Disorder: Developing A Therapeutic Relationship, and participated in a discussion about best practice methods of support for individuals on the spectrum.
I was very pleased that the WVCA actively sought out information about how to best support individuals with autism spectrum disorders in a therapeutic relationship. When I arrived at the conference, however, I was thrilled to learn the organization had not one but two presentations devoted to the topic. Tim Vaughn, a licensed professional counselor, provided information on Saturday to attendees of his workshop: New Techniques to Use when Working With People With Asperger’s Disorder.
The difference time can make.