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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD, Trauma and/or Neurodivergent Relationships? Or simply to get advice, updates and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G’s Blog!

Autism

Understanding Neurocrashes: Meltdowns and Shutdowns in Autism Spectrum

Autism is often used to describe a range of conditions that fall under the larger umbrella of a neurodevelopmental disorder called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A person with ASD may display symptoms like communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, and delayed onset of skills like language, movement, and learning. There is no cure for ASD, and at

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Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

How to Find Success With Gottman Couples Therapy in a Neurodiverse Partnership

The Gottman method is highly trusted and effective in the world of couples therapy. It’s meant to break down communication barriers and improve intimacy and closeness between couples by helping to ensure there’s a high level of respect in the relationship. At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we find the Gottman Method to be particularly beneficial for those

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Trauma

How Generational Trauma Affects You

Most people understand the basics of trauma. But, they view it as something extreme you have to witness or experience. It could be an event that impacts many people. Or, it could be something very personal, like child neglect or domestic abuse.  But, there are different types of trauma to consider that aren’t always as

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ADHD

6 Tips to Help You Study with ADHD

While most people recognize ADHD as a condition that impacts children, they can often forget that you can’t grow out of it and it doesn’t “go away” during the teenage or adult years. When you’re a high school or college student, you still have to be able to deal with the effects of ADHD and

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Autism

How Does Trauma Affect Someone With Autism?

In a perfect world, no one would have to experience traumatic situations. However, they’re more common than we’d like to admit. Traumatic experiences can include everything from child or domestic abuse, to emotional abuse, witnessing a tragic event, or anything that essentially is too much, too fast, or too soon for our nervous system to

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Autism

Newly Diagnosed? A Beginner’s Guide to Raising a Child with Autism.

Raising a child on the autism spectrum can be a wonderful, educational, and incredible journey for a parent. But, there’s no denying it also comes with challenges.  No doubt, parenting in general, is difficult. When you’re raising a child with autism, there are even more potential obstacles to overcome. Some potential challenges may include managing

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Trauma

What is Trauma-Focused CBT?

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is typically used in response to the traumatic experiences of children and adolescents. Trauma-Focused CBT is a therapy approach that is sensitive to the needs of younger patients who might have gone through something they can’t fully process on their own.  While Trauma-Focused CBT was originally used to help children

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Anxiety

How to Know the Difference Between an Autistic Meltdown Vs. Panic Attack

It’s often hard enough to understand the differences between an anxiety attack and a panic attack. But when you or someone you care for has autism, understanding the differences between an autism meltdown and a panic attack is a whole different ballgame. There’s no question that autism can often cause distress and dysregulation. Sometimes, it

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Trauma

How Does Trauma Affect the Brain

Most people have a basic understanding of some of the symptoms of trauma. Even if their only exposure is on the silver screen, things like flashbacks, vivid memories, and fear are commonly portrayed as long-term effects of traumatic experiences.  While some of those depictions are more accurate than others, most people don’t dig deep enough

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