Today’s conversation is all about navigating autism and mental health, and joining me to share her knowledge on the topic is Jennifer Morgan; Licensed Professional Counselor, Animal Assisted Counselor, Advanced Certified Autism Specialist, and owner of Morgan’s Helping Hands LLC. Jennifer is post-modern trained, and her approach is one which combines narrative, collaborative, and cognitive behavioral forms of therapy. In this episode, we discuss examples of what her therapy sessions can look like, some of the key indicators of ASD, how ASD generally presents itself differently in men and women, and the ways in which sensory processing difficulties can play out as mental health disorders. Jennifer and her animal sidekick, Jettabug, work with their clients’ strengths in order to empower them and assist them in finding solutions to the challenges that they are facing. Whether you are on the spectrum or not, we hope this episode makes you feel empowered too!
Key Points From This Episode:
“[A diagnosis] provides a level of empowerment.” — Jennifer Morgan [0:17:40]
“In the midst of a meltdown, a lot of times it’s about making sure they stay safe and making sure you’re safe.” — Jennifer Morgan [0:22:17]
“Everybody gets mad, it’s what we do with our feelings that’s the important thing.” — Jennifer Morgan [0:26:59]
“I don’t want to change anything about them, their brains are amazing, I love the way they think. I want to make sure that they can use the right words.” — Jennifer Morgan [0:36:18]
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