Understanding AspergersAspergers (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a neurological disorder that affects one’s ability to understand and respond to others’ thoughts and behaviors. Approximately one in 250 people have aspergers (autism spectrum disorders), There are also a lot of individuals who possess some, but not all the characteristics needed for a diagnosis of aspergers.  Lots of people on the spectrum are in professions such as: engineering, computer science, mathematics, music, and economics.

If your teenager or significant other has difficulties with the following areas he/she may have aspergers:

  • Codes of Social Conduct (Unaware of social scripts, cues and appropriate responses)
  • Empathy (An awareness of what the other person is feeling)
  • Mind blindness (Aware of what the other person is thinking)
  • Emotional regulation (anger, anxiety)
  • Friendship Skills (meeting peers, friendships and nurturing relationships)
  • Characterizing people as either good or bad, enemies or friends
  • Rigid or inflexible thinking and inability to recognize different perspectives
  • Art of Conversation (How you interact with others)
  • Interpersonal relationships

Diagnosing aspergers requires a thorough developmental history along with the use of a formal evaluation tool called the ADOS, (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) Evaluations take several weeks to complete.  Stereotypes of what aspergers looks like do not apply to this disorder. Every individual on the spectrum is unique.

It is important to know if you have an autism spectrum or social communication disorder.  A diagnosis can explain to you and your family the specific reasons for the struggles you encounter with people. Understanding how aspergers is affecting different areas of your life enables you to more effectively navigate your world.  It can lower your stress level and increase life satisfaction. In some cases a diagnosis can prevent a people from a marriage/relationship break-up or from loosing their job.

What is the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy?

Coaching is not therapy. Coaching works best with high-achieving individuals. Coaching and therapy are both potentially powerful methods that are used for different purposes with different individuals.Some of Marilyn’s clients are also in therapy. They do not find the two methods to be redundant, in fact, they get different benefits from the two methods. If you are suffering from Depression, Anxiety or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Marilyn suggests you seek out therapy.  Marilyn is a licensed mental health therapist.  In her role as a coach she does not do therapy.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. ADHD and ADD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, can cause problems at home, school, work, or in relationships.


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