Spectrum Blog

Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD Spectrum, and/or Relationships? Or simply get advice and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G's blog!

Autism

Why Autistics May Be More At Risk for Complex Trauma

During the last twenty years, awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has grown by leaps and bounds. Through a variety of means, society is now familiar with the language associated with trauma and the need for treatment. As time goes on, we are also gaining a deeper understanding of the impact that abuse, neglect, bullying,

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Parenting

Our ACTion Plan for Parents

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, our goal is to support parents and children with an action plan that will help you move forward. The plan is action based and focused on positive behavior change. It is individualized and tailored to your families needs. We offer the ABC Action Plan to help you support your parenting but

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Anxiety

Is Your Worry Warranted? When It’s Time to Do Something About Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health condition that requires attention if your worries interfere with your daily life. It is healthy to be anxious about certain events in your life like applying for a job or going on your first date. The story changes if everything around you makes you anxious. Anxiety could creep in every time you

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Anxiety

Breathing Technique for Anxiety

This will be part of a series of tips and tools to help with managing and understanding anxiety. Breathwork can be helpful when learning to manage your anxiety when it shows up as it helps ground us and calms down the nervous system when we are in fight or flight mode.  Breathing correctly and with

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Anxiety

Values… Are Chosen Life Directions

Before we do all the things in life, let’s get clear about our values! * Values are different than goals. We don’t accomplish or crush a value * Values connect you to your deepest desires and ultimately tap into your motivation to live the sort of life you want to live and love * Once

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Autism

COVID Times & ACTion-Based Tips For Your Child

Please check out this amazing blog post from a colleague of mine, Amanda Chastain, M.A., BCBA. She is the Program Director with First Steps Kids in CA. and a Research Associate with University of Southern California. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the primary therapeutic orientations I utilize in my practice as a

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Anxiety

Avoidance & Mindfulness

Avoidance is one of the most common behaviors I target in my work as a clinical behavior analyst while supporting individuals with anxiety. When things are too difficult or we don’t yet have the skills to handle certain life challenges, our first instinct is to avoid the discomfort. Our brain is wired to protect us

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Autism

COVID-19 Resource Share

Covid Coach is a mobile app that serves as a resource to help individuals stay connected and cope with stress, anxiety, parenting, care-taking, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a free and evidence-informed, and intended for everyone. This app was developed by staff at the National Center for PTSD. Please click here to

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