Autism Counseling and Support Services

Specializing in providing person-centered care to neurodiverse individuals and their families.

Services available throughout Ohio and Michigan.

We envision a world where all can live without limits.

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Our Counseling & Support Services

There are differences between a counselor who provides autism services and one that exclusively specializes in autism services. The highly trained, expert clinicians at Avenues for Autism take a comprehensive approach to counseling, ensuring all psychological, physical, and financial needs are met.

Whether you or your loved one has a medical diagnosis of autism, a self-diagnosis of autism, are on a waitlist to be tested for autism, or has characteristics associated with autism, Avenues for Autism can help. Our neurodiversity-affirming services honor your unique qualities while promoting an understanding of neurology and improving self-regulation and self-acceptance.

Telehealth counseling sessions are provided to individuals residing across Ohio and Michigan. Sessions are scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending on clinical need.

Individual Autism Therapy

Living in a neurodiverse world can be lonely, isolating, and anxiety-provoking. Our therapists support clients in developing techniques to improve coping skills and self-confidence while embracing neurodiversity. Sessions are tailored toward individual needs and include a variety of hands-on techniques including yoga, music, and use of visual supports. Eye contact is never an expectation and clients are always supported in communicating via alternative methods including typing.

Therapy can focus on:

  • Navigating social demands, including deepening understanding of others to promote improved interactions with friends, family members, and co-workers
  • Overcoming obstacles to independence and coping with challenges of adulthood
  • Understanding and developing tools to regulate anxiety, depression, loneliness, and sensory differences
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-advocacy skills
  • Improving executive functioning skills including time management, organization, and problem-solving
  • Developing practical strategies to promote success in school, the workplace, and in relationships

Parent Counseling

Counseling focuses on the emotional, social, and health concerns that individuals feel at various stages in life. Being an autism parent can bring a unique set of challenges and concerns, many of which can be difficult to discuss with the outside world. Our therapists provide an avenue for social support and guidance, while building skills to persevere through adversity. Finding extra time during the day to engage in self-care can feel daunting and impossible, which is why we offer flexible scheduling and support you in completing your household tasks during sessions if needed.

Therapy can focus on:

  • Developing strategies to manage stress, anxiety, frustration, and fears while enhancing social support and mental well-being
  • Exploring concerns related to your child’s diagnosis, development, and life plans
  • Gaining insight into your child’s perspective and challenges, along with ways to promote improved communication and independence

Autism Family Counseling

Having a family member with autism affects the entire family system. Family counseling supports siblings, grandparents, and caregivers in understanding neurodiversity and helping to improve communication and strengthen connections.

Therapy can focus on:

  • Promoting better understanding of autism and learning new communication strategies
  • Facilitating discussions between family members to promote positive family relations and problem-solving
  • Helping siblings feel heard, understood, and supported

Parent Training, Education, & Support

Raising a child with autism is a dynamic process with many forks in the road. Whether your child recently received a diagnosis, or they were diagnosed decades ago, the list of questions and concerns is never-ending. Our therapists provide practical strategies in parenting a child with autism and enhancing their development. Connections to resources, programs, and other supports is integrated into sessions to ensure all physical, psychological, and financial needs are being met.

Therapy can focus on:

  • Gaining insight into your child’s behavior and development, along with learning evidence-based strategies for everyday challenges
  • Understanding and navigating resources and services including schools, IEPs/ETRs, therapies, supplemental activities
  • Implementing parent-mediated early intervention techniques to build emotional connections, strengthen family relationships, and improve communication
  • Learning strategies for managing challenging behaviors, promoting independence, and engaging in successful community outings and appointments

Educational Advocacy and Support

Understanding your child’s rights in the school setting is crucial to your ability to advocate for your child’s needs. Our expert consultants give a voice to students and families while bridging a gap between school and home concerns.

Services include:

  • Record reviews of IEPs, ETRs, private assessments, and other educational reports.
  • Coaching on Special Education Regulations.
  • IEP and 504 goal and service planning.
  • In-person and telehealth advocacy during IEP and ETR meetings.

Educational Advocacy & Support Services are not covered by insurance. Please contact us for private pay rates.

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem (Ohio Medicaid)
  • Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Health Plan (Ohio Medicaid)
  • CareSource (Marketplace & Ohio Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Humana Commercial
  • Humana Healthy Horizons (Ohio Medicaid)
  • Medical Mutual
  • Molina (Marketplace & Ohio Medicaid)
  • Paramount
  • United Healthcare Commercial (including Optum)
  • United Healthcare Community Plan (Ohio Medicaid)
  • Private Pay Rates Available 

*Insurance acceptance is pending.

Autism Counseling and Support Services provides services in your home, via secure telehealth conferencing.

To request additional information:

Please call: 419.210.5095

Services are billable to insurance. Please call for private pay rates.

Avenues for Autism does not provide crisis or emergency services. If you are experiencing a behavioral health emergency, please call 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.