For those with spectrum issues, dating is one that has to be met with sensitivity and tact. But, because of a level of discomfort, this life lesson is sometimes glossed over despite good intentions. As a counselor who has worked with those with those with developmental disabilities of all ages, the concept of dating comes

in Autism Solutions by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

Our world has changed drastically over the past several weeks. No one could ever have imagined that our society would be closed down, and many of our neighbors befallen by a mysterious, invisible foe. Indeed, these are scary and unprecedented times for our world, and it means changing almost every aspect of our way of life. Perhaps

in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

COVID-19 has created unprecedented impacts on many of our daily functions from attending school, going to the supermarket, and almost any activity that requires gatherings of large groups of people. Perhaps, none of these changes is more impactful than the fears and anxieties that have arisen among us all as we are uncertain of what

in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

As a parent, nothing can be more exhausting, or frustrating, than the specter of a full-fledged tantrum with a child. It can leave both the parent and child tired, anxious, and upset regarding the momentary lapse on an uncontrolled emotional rollercoaster. With children who have challenges with communication, these outbursts can be compounded as moods

in Autism Solutions by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW

No matter if you consider yourself aggressive, assertive, or the least confrontational person on the planet Earth, when it comes to our children, most of us have a special level of emotional intensity and defensiveness when it comes to defending their well-being. This can be magnified if we believe our children are not as capable

in Education and Classroom by Brett Novick, MS, LMFT, CSSW