We specialize in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), the ground-breaking treatment that empowers parents to guide their child to succeed in a truly dynamic world.
The autism spectrum is just that – a varied and diverse spectrum of individuals. Generally, autistic people share some common experiences like having difficulty with the social world. Social difficulty may represent themselves in varied ways; from slight social gaffs to larger and more complex difficulties making and sustaining mutually satisfying relationships.
Many persons with autism have communication issues that may present challenges at school, work or at home. Others who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum may struggle with debilitating anxiety, troubling sleep issues, or differences in emotional regulation.
Regardless, people with autism are first and foremost people. Each person deserves treatment that is respectful, dignified and understands the values and uniqueness of the individual. We understand that every person has value and is worthy of love. Our treatments are designed to make each person feel happier and more confident than they did when they started.
The Family Guidance & Therapy Center of Southern California offers help and support for individuals and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum.
People with autism want to be happy, have meaningful relationships, live purposefully, and enjoy their loved ones. The RDI® program is a unique program that celebrates the individual’s personhood while respectfully developing areas of growth.
Our primary treatment model is Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®). RDI® is a developmental treatment model where growth opportunities are created with loving-kindness for each member of the family. Parents are empowered to use everyday moments to enrich their child’s development. Within a personalized RDI® program, goals may include improving relational abilities, developing communication skills, improving decision making and decreasing distressing symptoms related to autism.
Love & Autism
The Family Guidance & Therapy Center of Southern California hosts this annual conference that works to break misconceptions about how persons on the spectrum experience love, dating friendship, sex and relationships. For more information, please visit our website at www.loveandautism.com
Mental Health Treatment for Autism Spectrum
- Dual Diagnosis Therapy: Anxiety & Autism
- Dual Diagnosis Therapy: Depression & Autism
- Being female and identified as on the spectrum
- LBGTQ+ and on the spectrum
- Non-binary gender and on the spectrum
- Couples therapy for neurologically mixed relationships and ASD/ASD partnerships
- Couples therapy for those raising spectrum children
Our Pledge to our Clients
I understand that trust between us will be built in small moments. I will earn your trust through my actions.
I will treat you and your family with the dignity and respect that you deserve. I’ll only use therapeutic techniques that I would consider doing with my own children, friends, and family. I will be thoughtful and respectful in my interactions. I promise that I will not be a part of othering you.
I will be vulnerable with you and hope you feel safe enough with me to do the same. This will be a risk for both of us, but I know it will make our time together authentic and meaningful.
I will allow you in to my heart and I hope to know your heart too. We will truly connect. Connection is what moves this world forward. Connection is a profound human experience.
I will continue to grow and improve so that I can be the best therapist I can be. I will look beyond autism as a way to expand my therapeutic lens. I will continue to read about self-acceptance, attachment, relationships, love, emotion, mindfulness, decision-making, creativity, and all the essential aspects of being human.
Foremost, my clinical decision making will be informed by people living and loving on the autism spectrum. With neurodiverse role models, I will encourage healthy autistic identity.
– Jenny Palmiotto: Authenticity in Autism Treatment
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